Trump encourages Louisiana residents, Obama plays golf and Hillary takes a nap
Trump tours Louisiana – How very presidential to have Trump and Governor Pence going to Louisiana in a nonpolitical event. They went to help people on the ground who are in need, and to see the devastation and how he could help.
The rains left at least 13 people dead, damaged more than 40,000 homes and affected the lives of more than 100,000 people. More than 20 parishes were declared disaster areas due to flooding in a region that took a pounding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Trump and his running mate Mike Pence toured some of the areas, damaged by recent floods in Louisiana.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, Friday, Trump’s motorcade drove through hard-hit communities, where ripped up carpet and flooring, furniture and the entire contents of homes were piled on the curb. People who were still mucking out their homes, in some instances, came out to wave at the motorcade with gloved hands dirty from their house-gutting work. Trump and Pence then met a group of volunteers at a Baptist church who have cooked meals for flood victims and helping the elderly gut their homes.
Trump tours Louisiana
Trump was greeted by Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Attorney General Jeff Landry. He flew into the state after cancelling a planned New York event.
The Republican presidential candidate and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, landed in Louisiana today, and spent their morning meeting with local officials, volunteers and the National Guard and touring the flood damage.
Trump told ABC News’ Tom Llamas that he came to Louisiana because he wants “to help out.”
At one stop, Trump and Pence helped unload a truck of toys as Trump tours Louisiana.
A torrent of about two feet of rain inundated the southern part of the state, devastating areas hit hard by Hurricane Katrina over a decade ago. Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents have been displaced by the flooding, and at least 13 people were killed.
The Republican nominee’s decision to visit Louisiana came after the White House said President Obama was unlikely to break from a vacation to survey the damage, despite calls for him to visit and meet with responders and victims.
This after in 2005 there are several videos of Obama slamming George W Bush over Katrina! In one particular video Obama is saying, how ashamed George Bush should be for his “fly-by”, referring to George Bush seeing the devastation only from the window of Air Force 1. At least he wasn’t on vacation hitting a few rounds of golf!
In an editorial published Wednesday, The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge called on Obama to visit “the most anguished state in the union.” The newspaper noted that Obama interrupted his two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard earlier this week to attend a fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the Massachusetts island.
The White House said Obama has been receiving a series of briefings on the situation in Louisiana while on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Donald Trump slammed President Obama for not interrupting his vacation to visit Louisiana after deadly flooding in Baton Rouge and parts of Lafayette.
Before meeting volunteers at the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, north of Baton Rouge, Trump said, “The president says he doesn’t want to go, he is trying to get out of a golf game.”
“I heard he wants to stay under par while we are under water,” said Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and Trump supporter, who met with Trump at the church.
Trump then hit Obama’s golfing game: “He will never be under par.”
During the stop in Ascension Parish, one woman thanked him for showing up instead of playing golf.
“Somebody is, somebody is that shouldn’t be,” Trump replied without mentioning Obama by name.
As Trump tours Louisiana a resident addressed Mr Trump, “We knew you would be here, Mr. Trump,” she yells to the candidate. “We knew you would be here for us!”
“We’re glad you aren’t playing golf,” says someone else. President Obama played a round of golf yesterday with ‘Seinfeld’ creator Larry David.
“Mr. Trump! Thank you so much. We love you,” says another person as Trump signs hats.
“We knew you would be here for us!” shouted one woman in the East Baton Rouge Parish during Trump’s three-hour visit of the waterlogged neighborhoods.
The Democratic Nominee, I’m told was resting Friday.
Hillary Clinton addressed the tragedy in this tweet on Thursday.
“Closely monitoring the flooding in Louisiana & Mississippi. The @Red Cross is helping displaced families in need: https://t.co/sSYTbQMndP -H”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 16, 2016
And that’s it! Nothing else! Just a Tweet!
In a speech Thursday before Trump tours Louisiana
Thursday night, while campaigning in Charlotte, North Carolina, Trump took a moment to send condolences to Louisiana, a state he said is “very, very special” to him.
“Our prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones, and we send them our deepest condolences,” Trump said. “Though words cannot express the sadness one feels at times like this, I hope everyone in Louisiana knows that our country is praying for them and standing with them to help them in these difficult hours.”
This wasn’t enough for Mr Trump however. Donald Trump and Mike Pence headed to Louisiana, and received a warm welcome from victims of the Baton Rouge flood areas as they toured the devastation.
“I’ve had a great history with Louisiana. They need a lot of help,” Trump said, addressing reporters after helping. “What’s happened here is incredible. Nobody understands how bad it is. It’s really incredible. So, I’m just here to help.”
One man who was affected by the flood, Jeff Nolan from Denham Springs, Louisiana, said it meant a lot for Trump to visit Louisiana.
“I didn’t lose anything compared to what a lot of people lost,” Nolan told ABC News. “I’m OK. It’s materialistic things. They can be replaced.”
“Donald Trump’s the way to wake us up,” Nolan said. “He’s waking America up. He’s got to get busy. America’s got to get behind him. Without America getting behind Donald Trump, we’re going to lose. And we’re going to lose bigger than this flood ever did.”
Pence, along with his wife Karen and daughter Charlotte, arrived before Trump this morning and received a briefing on the damage.
“These volunteers are incredibly inspiring but the American people need to know that Louisiana needs help,” Pence urged. “Volunteers, support for the Red Cross, support to the charities like Samaritan’s
Purse that are coming along side these vulnerable families and we’re just here to help tell that story and very inspired by it.”
Jimmy Morgan, 79, and his wife Olive shared a few moments with Trump outside their badly-damaged Denham Springs, La., home.
“I just don’t know what we’ll do,” said Morgan.
“You’re going to rebuild,” said Trump, who also wrapped Morgan in a hug. “It’s going to be so beautiful.”
Always Optimistic Mr Trump gave hope where there was none. His kind words, presence, and support, lifted the spirits of a disaster torn community.