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People Furious By What Trump Did During Hurricane

President Trump’s critics are lashing out at his response to the hurricane and flooding in southern Texas, according to Opposing Views.

In several tweets soon after the storm made landfall, Trump wrote about other issues rather than showing the kind of presidential leadership many Americans expect during a crisis. Instead of expressing his condolences to the victims or pledging to provide federal assistance, Trump boasted about his election victory. Time reported that he also repeated his threats to repeal NAFTA and force Mexico to pay for a border wall.

When the president mentioned the hurricane, he simply claimed everything was “going well.” That may have come as a surprise to the thousands of Texans who had been forced out of their homes because of record flooding. As Trump tweeted, Houston residents were fleeing to emergency shelters or trying to get out of the city. Leaving the area was a challenge because all the major highways were under water.

The president said he planned to take a close look at the devastation. “I will be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption,” he announced on Twitter. “The focus must be life and safety. I will also be going to a wonderful state, Missouri, that I won by a lot in ‘16.” According to The Huffington Post, Trump later tweeted: “HISTORIC rainfall in Houston, and all over Texas. Floods are unprecedented, and more rain coming. Spirit of the people is incredible. Thanks!”

Inquisitr noted that the president’s first message on social media after the storm hit was about a book by Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Jr.

“A great book by a great guy, highly recommended!” Trump wrote. Opposing Views described Clarke as an African-American opponent of the Black Lives Matter movement. The sheriff, who enthusiastically supported the Trump campaign, once said black people sell illegal drugs “because they’re uneducated, they’re lazy and they’re morally bankrupt.”

Clarke defended Trump’s response to the violence at a recent white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The president claimed “both sides” were to blame for the bloodshed at the event, where a reputed neo-Nazi allegedly killed a woman and injured dozens of others when he plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism counter-protesters. Trump argued that some “very fine people” were among the white nationalists who gathered to oppose the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park.

Inquisitr suggested that the president has not really read Clarke’s book. Tony Schwartz, who co-authored Trump’s “Art of the Deal,” has said that during the men’s 18-month collaboration he never noticed a book in the real-estate mogul’s home or office. In March, Trump told Fox News host Tucker Carlson: “Well, you know, I love to read. Actually, I’m looking at a book, I’m reading a book, I’m trying to get started. Every time I do about a half a page, I get a phone call that there’s some emergency, this or that. … I don’t get to read very much, Tucker, because I’m working very hard on lots of different things.”

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