Harvey and Irma are wreaking havoc on millions of Americans. They are losing property, pets, piece of mind and family… humanity is being tested and celebrated in the media, and EVERY news station is poised to witness the devastation caused by the strongest storm to hit our country in recorded history.
America is consuming the coverage of this tragedy unfolding in our own living rooms. And, Trump is the sole beneficiary of this new news focus. No longer are his tweets a source of commentary, no longer are his Russian dealings part of the news desk banter, and no longer are we obsessed with his odd commentary and decisions that seems so uninformed. He is benefiting because, for once, he is the president of a UNITED America looking to governmental support led by HIM.
In the next days, months and years to come I hope that the people in areas that are affected by these storms are able to recover… and a big part of that recovery will be how well they are supported by our government. Let’s hope they get what they need!
Trump’s test will come in the aftermath of these tragedies (fire in the west and floods in the south-east)… we already know that he likes to be the center of attention, will he be able to harness the storms’ power to propel him into the good graces of America and erase some of his hateful decisions? I don’t think so… all I know is that, for Trump, Mother Nature has given him a couple of weeks of good press – a gift really. Maybe he’ll return the favor and make some decisions that protect her, and the storm victims, as a thank you…maybe not.