Las Vegas Sun

October 21, 2018

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Sun editorial:

Storm victims are just political pawns to Trump

On Nov. 6, 2012, Donald Trump issued the following tweet:

“Yesterday Obama campaigned with JayZ & Springsteen while Hurricane Sandy victims across NY & NJ are still decimated by Sandy. Wrong!”

So what was President Trump doing Wednesday after Hurricane Michael slammed into Florida with Category 4 force?

Leading a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

And what was he doing Thursday, as the nation began seeing images of absolute devastation from the hurricane?

Having lunch with Kanye West.

Trump’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. Nor does his disregard for the well-being of anyone but himself. Keep in mind that when Trump bashed Obama in 2012, the tweet came two weeks after Sandy hit the East Coast, and that both Obama and Mitt Romney had just resumed their campaigns after suspending them in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Yet amid the staggering destruction of Michael, including some communities being completely wiped out, Trump didn’t cancel his campaign event or his lunch.

Then, in an added insult, came Melania Trump’s comment that she was “the most bullied person in the world.” Amazing. With the world filled with real suffering, this is what she thinks about — whether people like her outfits.

This is what Republican leadership means.

The people of Florida should be paying attention. So should all Americans.