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Trump to obstruct disaster relief in Texas tomorrow

Donald Trump, himself an ever-growing disaster, is preparing to parachute into Texas tomorrow to interfere with relief efforts during the ongoing natural disaster unfolding in that state (it’s not over yet, the storm is now heading back to the gulf, and may regroup into a hurricane then head north!). The scenes on TV are horrific — from Texas neighborhoods completely underwater, to elderly women in nursing homes just sitting in chest-high water waiting to be rescued. Just heart-wrenching.

So what does Donald Trump do in response to this unprecedented devastation? He pardons a racist, and then plans a joy ride to undermine the ongoing relief in the ongoing disaster. Tomorrow, Tuesday, Trump will land in Texas to burnish his image on the backs of dislocated Texans who have lost everything.

It is common knowledge in politics that you DO NOT have the president visit an ongoing disaster region. Why? Because his massive needs — from security to meetings with local officials — get in the way of local efforts to save lives. Because of Trump’s visit, local police will have to divert their attention from rescue work and focus on keeping Trump safe. Because of Trump’s visit, local relief may not even be able to get to people in need because Trump could be in the way, blocking all traffic. And because of Trump’s visit, local officials, who should be spending their time saving lives, will be ordered to a command performance briefing the narcissist in chief.

Surely Trump knows better. It’s a guarantee that his own staff, and disaster officials, have told him not to go to Texas — not yet, at least, when the storm is still ongoing and may even get worse (latest reports are that it might hit New Orleans next). But Trump is Trump, a childish narcissist who only thinks of himself. Desperate to move beyond the critical attention to his recent embrace of actual Nazis, and his pardon of a racist, Trump is happy to use drowning Texas as cannon fodder. So tomorrow he will.


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