This is not what leadership looks like.
Yesterday Donald Trump flew to Texas as it faced the wrath of Tropical Storm (née Hurricane) Harvey. Now there’s an argument that the president actually going to the site of an ongoing disaster is a bad idea. That argument claims that the president and the government should be more worried about helping people than posing for photo ops. Is there truth to that? Probably. But I’m going to give Trump a pass on that one. Times of disaster call for many different types of responses and though tangible contributions of money, supplies, and the time of rescue workers are certainly most important, a response designed to improve morale and keep people calm isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
So I guess this is all to say that I think it’s a good thing that President Trump went and met with victims of the storm and provided them some reassurance that their government hasn’t forgotten them. And so with that, here’s Politico about President Trump’s trip.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It was a presidential trip to a deluged state
where the president didn’t meet a single storm victim, see an inch of
rain or get near a flooded street.
Of course. Look, I do think there’s a real argument to be made that it is gross to use people who are suffering as political props, but that’s just it. I think it’s an argument. There are two sides to that and both have legitimate points. But this? Donald Trump went down to Texas for photo ops that made him look like a leader while not actually taking the time to meet any people hurt by the storm? That is next level craven.
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