Hurricane Florence hasn’t even made landfall yet. But Democrats are already trying to make it political and blame President Trump for his reaction to it. And media even blamed Trump for the hurricane itself.
Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez was already attacking Trump’s “poor response” to the hurricane on MSNBC on Tuesday night, despite the Hurricane not even hitting land yet.
From Daily Caller:
“You know what I fear, is the calamity, because of the lack of coordination of the government, with the National Guard, and with local government,” Gutierrez said. “The lack of responsiveness and preparedness of this government, because the president wants to find out who was the one that wrote that op-ed piece about the chaos in the White House.”
Gutierrez added, “He’s so consumed by the calamity in the chaos that exists, he’s not really prepared and focused, because he spends every weekend golfing, instead of preparing.”
He claimed the president had failed to appoint adequate people for FEMA.
He then said that Puerto Ricans who fled the island in the wake of the hurricane there had moved to Florida and to Pennsylvania, two states which Trump won in the presidential election in 2016 and that there would be “electoral consequences. Because hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans had to flee the island, because of what this government did and how it did not intervene.”
He continued to attack Trump over Puerto Rico, saying, “You were lazy, you were on duty, and people died because of it,” without presenting any evidence to support his claims.
Trump and the federal government sent a ton of resources including thousands of the national guard members. But a lot of resources ended up not being distributed and going bad on the docks because the local government distribution and corruption was so bad.
What was the difference between that and the responses to earlier hurricanes in Texas and Florida where the response was universally praised? Two things: 1) the completely wiped out roads and grids in Puerto Rico which took time to rebuild and 2) the local governments on the ground.
FEMA and the National Guard have already been prepared for Florence and are mobilized. They’ve ordered people out of the area, with massive evacuations that began two days ago. Trump has already declared a state of emergency in South Carolina and North Carolina to have resources at the ready.
The Washington Post took their criticism of Trump even a step further than Gutierrez.
The WaPo didn’t just try to attack him for a poor response to the hurricane. They claimed he was actually responsible for the hurricane itself.
From Daily Wire:
Noting that Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, will be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the East Coast so far north if it comes inland, the Post opined, “ … when it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks.”
Then this crazy bit:
Then, a direct slam against the Trump administration: “With depressingly ironic timing, the Trump administration announced Tuesday a plan to roll back federal rules on methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is the main component in natural gas.” And a predictable comparison between Trump and environmentalist Barack Obama: “The Trump administration has now attacked all three pillars of President Barack Obama’s climate-change plan.”
There is no proof that hurricanes have increased in severity because of human influence much less because of anything Trump has done.
Indeed, as Forbes wrote, “natural fluctuations in solar activity are the only climate influences that matter.”
But hey, why not have one more notch to what Trump Derangement Syndrome will lead to.