Chris Matthews tore into Donald Trump on Wednesday for refusing to do his job as the historically powerful Hurricane Michael ravages the gulf coast.
Instead of, you know, being the President of the United States, Trump first attended a $250,000 fundraiser before holding a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania.
“While the president entertains top donors tonight and presumably prepares to throw some red meat to his hungry base, the scenes from Florida could not be more catastrophic,” Matthews said.
The MSNBC host also pointed out that, back in 2012, Trump attacked then-President Obama for campaigning weeks after Hurricane Sandy made landfall.
“Trump barely waited an hour for his political kill,” Matthews said.
Chris Matthews reminds Trump, who is holding a rally tonight, that he criticized Barack Obama in 2012 for campaigning *weeks* after Hurricane Sandy. Trump barely waited an hour. #ctl #p2 #hardball pic.twitter.com/r7MYcok2ej
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) October 10, 2018
Matthews tore into Trump:
What’s dodgy about tonight’s schedule, of course, is that the same Donald Trump ridiculed his predecessor, Barack Obama for doing pretty much what he’s doing tonight. Back in November of 2012, Trump attacked President Obama for campaigning while the Hurricane Sandy cleanup was still going on. By the way, that was weeks after Hurricane Sandy made landfall. Trump barely waited an hour for his political kill. And while the president entertains top donors tonight and presumably prepares to throw some red meat to his hungry base, the scenes from Florida could not be more catastrophic.
Donald Trump doesn’t want anything stealing his attention
Instead of preparing for the relief efforts that will surely be needed after such a brutal storm, Trump said he “couldn’t let these great people down” because they “have been lined up since last night” to attend his Wednesday evening rally.
Departing the @WhiteHouse for Erie, Pennsylvania. I cannot disappoint the thousands of people that are there – and the thousands that are going. I look forward to seeing everyone this evening.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2018
This is just the latest example of just how attention-desperate Trump is. In his mind, there is nothing more important – not even a dangerous hurricane – than seizing the spotlight and standing before a crowd of his adoring lemmings.
Trump also knows that he is incapable of showing the leadership and compassion that is required of leaders during natural disasters. Since he can’t personally gain from the powerful storm wreaking havoc on the gulf coast, he’s not even trying to pretend that he cares.
Meanwhile, millions of Americans in Hurricane Michael’s path are looking for leadership that, under this president, will never come.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.