In moments of crisis, people tend to show you who they really are. Police officers, volunteers, and journalists have all been witnessed saving lives and making a difference in Texas following the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. President Trump, after traveling to Texas and witnessing what the situation is like first hand, issued a statement on Wednesday, August 30th, that seemed surprisingly somber and appropriate.
After witnessing first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey,my heart goes out even more so to the great people of Texas!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2017
Though his message isn't as harsh as some past declarations, its timing is incredibly bad. Many journalists, in the face of the disaster, have been stepping up to meet their hardships head on. One Houston TV affiliate saw their offices flooded—so they started broadcasting from the second floor. Reporters from the Houston Chronicle have worked around the clock, with some camping out at crucial locations for days to keep people informed about what's happening.
Trump doesn’t realize that America’s greatness lies in its freedom of speech, upheld by journalists doing diligent, real reporting.— Anirvan Ghosh (@anirvanghosh) August 30, 2017
Not everything journalists have done in Texas has been positive: the chief national correspondent for ABC News called the cops on people who were taking food from a supermarket, A CNN reporter was admonished on live TV for conducting interviews, and Fox News host Jesse Watters was tricked by a hoax image of a shark swimming in a highway. However, Trump doesn't seem to be referring to any of these lapses in journalistic judgement. He seems solely focused on how the media is treating him personally - any news not about him doesn't matter!
So you didn't express empathy for the flood victims or mention those killed by Harvey, now you want us to know that you are the real victim?— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) August 30, 2017
In Trump's world everything's about him, even when millions are being affected by a crisis of unprecedented scale. The victims of Hurricane Harvey got the spotlight for 15 minutes before he moved back to how unfairly he's been treated by the mainstream media who talk about him day after day.
❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️People are dying in Texas and you're crying about a story that hurt your feelings. ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) August 30, 2017
Will be leaving for Missouri soon for a speech on tax cuts and tax reform - so badly needed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2017