Trump just provoked outrage over his disgusting double standard in Alabama tornado tweet

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Alabama was hit by tragedy yesterday, as a string of tornadoes tore through the state, inflicting mass damage and killing at least twenty-three people. This morning, President Trump took to Twitter and for once offered something other than insults or petty politicking.

He assured his followers that FEMA will be giving “A plus treatment” to the Alabama tornado victims. He praised the Republican Governor Kay Ivey, calling her “one of the best in our Country [sic].” At first glance, it was a rare, somewhat acceptable message from our infamously incompetent and cruel president.

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However, when one takes a step back and compares the tweet to Trump’s behavior in the aftermath of the hurricanes that ravaged Puerto Rico in September of 2017, a disturbing double-standard emerges. After Hurricane Maria claimed the lives of thousands of Americans, rather than offer sincere concern or condolences, Trump blamed the island territory and its debt. He also decided to politicize the situation to attack Democrats and “Fake News” because they pointed out how ineptly his administration was handling the tragedy.

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Sometime later, Trump sunk so low as to attack the death figure, presumably because the fact that over 3000 people died showed how poorly his administration prepared for and responded to the hurricanes.

As if it wasn’t enough that Puerto Ricans lost friends and families to the tragic disaster, but they then had to endure the man sworn to protect them erasing and denying their loss by saying it never even happened.

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On top of the disturbing denial, Trump also waged a much-publicized war against Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan because she dared to call out his administration for its failures. While she was busy trying to rebuild the island with her fellow Americans, Trump was insulting her from afar, undermining her efforts at every turn.

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Given his long history of racist remarks, one can’t easily rule out the idea that Trump responded so differently to the tornadoes in Alabama because it’s a Republican stronghold full of white people. Many Twitter users immediately seized on the differences in behavior.

Whatever the explanation, the double standard is disgusting and inexcusable. The president clearly cannot be trusted to care about all Americans equally.

 

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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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