SICK: Democrats Politicize Hurricane Dorian
“You never want a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” — Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s chief of staff
With a massive hurricane bearing down on the Wast Coast of the United States, Democrats have decided that it’s time to play politics.
Millions of Americans are in the path of Hurricane Dorian, which weather experts expect will become a Category 5 before it makes landfall. But Democrats don’t much care about them. Instead, they see an opportunity to bash President Trump and push for wide-open borders.
Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and Florida are bracing for a hurricane,” Senate Minority Lead Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “@realDonaldTrump, stop raiding disaster funds and work to ensure FEMA is ready to help these Americans.”
Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and Florida are bracing for a hurricane.
@realDonaldTrump, stop raiding disaster funds and work to ensure FEMA is ready to help these Americans. https://t.co/GPquHpVmwe
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 28, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote: “@realDonaldTrump’s brazen theft of disaster relief funding to pay for an inhumane family incarceration plan is cruel — and doing so on the eve of hurricane season is stunningly reckless.”
.@realDonaldTrump’s brazen theft of disaster relief funding to pay for an inhumane family incarceration plan is cruel — and doing so on the eve of hurricane season is stunningly reckless. https://t.co/7di5JQZP5K
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 28, 2019
With the two Democratic leaders leading their colleagues — and no doubt passing out talking points — others piled on.
Another hurricane is bearing down on Puerto Rico and Trump is siphoning money away from FEMA to fund his hateful wall. Puerto Rico deserves better. https://t.co/iwhuYAuY45
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) August 28, 2019
By diverting millions from FEMA during peak hurricane season, @realDonaldTrump shows he cares more about being cruel to migrants/jailing them indefinitely than protecting Americans from natural disasters. https://t.co/vh2jxJjhlR
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) August 29, 2019
“As Dorian hits Puerto Rico, the Trump Admin seems to have learned nothing from its shameful failure in Hurricane Maria,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, (D-CT) tweeted on Wednesday.
Of course, the hurricane spared Puerto Rico (which likely miffed top Democrats, who were apparently hoping for a direct hit).
Trump even took heat after announcing on Thursday that he would not attend a World War II memorial in Poland but instead stay in the U.S. to monitor the hurricane. “Our highest priority is the safety and security of the American people in the path of the hurricane,” Trump said.
CNN anchor Jon Berman said that Trump canceled the Poland trip only because the storm’s trajectory put it on track to hit Florida. And Joe Lockhart, Obama’s White House press secretary, said Trump doesn’t care about brown people.
“There’s no doubt that the president doesn’t view Puerto Rico as part of the United States. He doesn’t view people who didn’t vote for him as important. And he doesn’t view people who aren’t white as important as everyone else. That’s just — it’s that simple,” Lockhart said.
Never let a good crisis go to waste, indeed.