February 7, 2023

Trump just childishly referred to Hurricane Florence as “tremendously big and wet”

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Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the East Coast and stands poised to visit widespread destruction when it makes landfall this Friday. The storm is already rated a Category 4 and is being monitored as one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the East Coast in decades.


President Trump, of course, has a terrible track record when it comes to preparing for and responding to natural disasters. His administration completely botched the Puerto Rico relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria, and the death toll is now estimated to be as high as almost 3,000 people, a stunning loss of innocent life.

While one sincerely hopes that Trump handles Hurricane Florence better, his inability to even so much as admit that Puerto Rico was mishandled doesn’t inspire confidence. As recently as today he lauded his team’s response to Maria as “incredibly successful.” The simple fact is that he doesn’t care about dead Americans because he can simply gaslight the country and deny the reality of his failures.

Today, Trump spoke to the press about the hurricane. Surrounded by posters outlining the path of Hurricane Florence, he made the completely inane observation that the storm is “tremendously big and tremendously wet.” It’s a hurricane. Of course it’s big and wet.

The president sounded more like a child giving a science report on something they don’t really understand rather than the leader of a nation bracing for a massive natural disaster. It was a stark reminder that we are in very poor hands.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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