What started as Hurrincane Harvey was eventually re-categorized as Tropical Storm Harvey. But whatever you call it, Harvey became a deadly force once it hit land in Texas and Louisiana on August 25. Less than a week later, things have not improved.
Harvey has become the worst national disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This is in large part to record amount of rain the storm brought with it In some areas, the amount of rain was over 50 inches.
While speaking to a group outside a Corpus Christi fire station, Trump exclaimed, "What a crowd, what a turnout!" It suggested he thought they were there to show him support, not because they are seeking assistance during an incredibly difficult time.
Trump was criticized because his tweets appeared to fail to grasp the gravity of the situation. For instance, this tweet, he ended with the word "Thanks," followed by an exclamation point. However, it's not quite clear who he is thanking.
In the midst of dealing with Harvey, Trump also managed to send out this tweet. In it, he boasts about winning Missouri in 2016, and criticizes their Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. In other words, Trump was campaigning in the middle of a disaster.
In the wake of Trump's conduct during Harvey, it reminded some people of how Trump responded during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In particular, Trump was highly critical of President Obama during this time, although it's unclear why.
Trump accused Obama of "standing in a puddle acting like a President." It's not clear why Trump was so opposed to the idea of a president standing in a puddle. But whatever the reasoning was, it apparently made Trump very angry.
Comparing Trump's words from 2012 to his actions in 2017, it's hard not to be perplexed. While Trump was criticizing Obama for Sandy, others were praising Obama. And this included people who weren't members of his own party.
In 2012, one of the biggest areas hit by Hurricane Sandy was New Jersey. Obama worked closely with Governor Chris Christie during this time, It showed that it's possible for people of different parties to set aside their differences to work toward the common good.
After Sandy, Christie said of Obama, "I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state." Christie added that, "It’s been a great working relationship." Clearly, in times of trouble, political differences shouldn't seem all that important.
But in 2017, some Twitter users took the opportunity to criticize Obama for his response to a disaster. For instance, this person said Obama was "probably golfing" during Hurricane Katrina. But there was one major problem with this logic.
In the wake of Harvey, residents affected by the storm are in need of assistance in a variety of ways. Places to donate include the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and the Houston Food Bank. A list of even more organizations helping with relief efforts can be found here.