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When Donald Trump announced his impending trip to flood-ravaged Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards seemed more than a little cynical, saying through a spokesman, “We welcome him to LA but not for a photo-op. Instead we hope he’ll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of the storm.”
So was the media. A Friday morning Los Angeles Times headline read, “Donald Trump’s challenge in touring Louisiana flooding: Showing concern, not opportunism.”
And when Air Trump did land in Baton Rouge, beating both his Democratic opponent and the sitting president, who seemed much more interested in avoiding water traps on the golf course than showing concern for fellow citizens whose lives are literally UNDER WATER, liberal journalists downplayed his visit, including a “story” entitled, “Watch Donald Trump Spend Exactly 49 Seconds ‘Helping Out’ Louisiana Flood Victims.”
Except Trump didn’t just show up for a “photo-op,” or to spend a few seconds “helping out.” Instead, the man actually brought an 18-wheeler transfer truck full of supplies to help people in need, right where they are.
Setting up in a parking lot in St. Amant, a hard hit area between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Trump’s convoy handed out water bottles, diapers and other supplies to people in need. The Republican nominee’s three-hour visit also included a stop at a Baptist church in East Baton Rouge Parish, where he met with volunteers providing food and construction help.
One woman screamed, “Thank you for coming, Mr. Trump” as the candidate was interacting with the crowd, The New York Post reported. And another shouted, “We knew you would be here for us!”
Trump couldn’t resist taking a jab at Obama after one woman mentioned how happy she was that Trump wasn’t off playing golf, to which he answered, “Somebody is. Somebody is who shouldn’t be.”
They crowds yells to "Mr. Trump" but there is no doubt they would rather be saying "President Trump" Baton Rouge, LA https://t.co/d845wwnCV7
— NevadaTeaParty (@TeaPartyNevada) August 19, 2016
It was so much more than a photo-op, it was a person showing people in need that he genuinely cares about them.
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