As Hurricane Michael decimated the Florida Panhandle before approaching the Carolinas, President Donald Trump caught flack for holding a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough said that the president was
“holding a full-on pep rally while Americans are suffering and dying in northwest Florida.”
As the criticism grew stronger, hosts of Fox and Friends–arguably the president’s favorite morning show on his favorite network–grasped at straws to defend him.
After reminding viewers that the president didn’t want to let down the people waiting in line for his rally, co-host Steve Doocy added that the president began the speech by “talking about thoughts and prayers of the people down there.” Another co-host, Brian Kilmeade, assured viewers that the reason the president called into Fox News host Sharon Bream’s show “was to say ‘listen, I’m here at the rally, but my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Florida.'”
A video of the exchange is available at Mediaite.
With two people already dead and over 100 thousand Floridians without power, Americans aren’t buying it.
Thoughts and prayers! We're saved! Who needs water & medicine when we've got obtuse platitudes?
— 11-yr PharmD / Italian Scallion (@pharmguy730) October 11, 2018
— Colley Cibber (@situate) October 11, 2018
"Nero fiddles while Rome burns" is a phrase that comes to mind.
— Pat Hartman (@PatHartman_) October 11, 2018
— Brandolfsky (@dagreatscienski) October 11, 2018
Even by Trump’s own standards, holding a campaign rally amidst an impending national disaster is gauche at best.