Actor/singer John Schneider is championing unity and for everyday Americans to be good neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida that devastated Louisiana after it made landfall on Sunday.
But he also says that President Joe Biden’s ceremonial visit to the area is unnecessary. “We don’t need him,” he insisted.
Calling in from his car in Louisiana, Schneider told the Fox & Friends crew this morning that he was in Tennessee assisting with flood relief efforts when the storm hit and that he is on his way back to that state.
“You can’t stop a humanitarian act just because a tree falls on your house. You’ve got to do what you said you were going to do. We’ve had a pretty rough time here…One report I saw, it was a Cat 5, which is the worst it’s ever happened here…,” he explained, adding that it will take six weeks for power to be restored in the area, and that floodwater is still expected to rise to unprecedented levels this evening.
The “Dukes of Hazzard” star shared images on social media of how the storm had wrecked his production studio in Holden, Louisiana, and showed a fallen tree had crashed into the famous stunt car known as General Lee from the iconic TV series.
Thanks Brian. We are headed back and seem to be the only ones on the road. I’m get a real look at the damage to mom’s house in the morning and then head back to TN to continue flood relief. All people and pups are good. May have a “Hurricane Sale at Miss Shirley’s!” Soon! https://t.co/H9hU0cDE6D
— John Schneider (@John_Schneider) August 30, 2021
Reacting to a montage of storm-related clips, the actor who also was a regular on the “Smallville” TV series asserted that, “it’s just a mess, but when I look at what you were just showing, by the way, those are community people coming out to help. We need to throw away all this BS about division. We need to remain united.
“The biggest strength we have in this country is ourselves. We need to do this and stay like this, throw all this other hogwash away, because as you can see, we need each other desperately.”
Continuing on the theme of community self-help, the alter ego of Bo Duke added the following:
“We don’t need the government coming in and, by the way, I call this — we had a hurricane, we’re about to have a flood, and we are about to have probably the worst natural disaster that can be because apparently Biden is going to come show his face in Louisiana, and I wish he wouldn’t…
“We’ve got more problems on our hands. We don’t need him. Obviously, there are things going on in this country, people need your prayer, they need your help. They need you to be a friend.”
(Video: Fox News)
In a conciliatory note, co-host Steve Doocy pointed out that Biden’s tour of the area also brings with it, implicitly or explicitly, federal disaster response resources.
In a selfie video posted on Wednesday, John Schneider expressed a similar theme in a brief tour of the damage to his property.
He praised volunteers who have come together to help those in need that has rendered politics irrelevant.
“We need to be united for such a time as this… we’re a great country, but why does it take that to bring us together? Imagine how much more together we would be if we were united before the catastrophe hit,” Schneider opined, in part.
Authorities say at least five persons tragically died in Louisiana and Mississippi in the hurricane, which — as alluded to above — created widespread power outages, flooding, and property damage.
Now downgraded to a tropical depression, the storm also created heavy rain and flash floods in the northeast. At least 18 people from Maryland to New York reportedly perished in those areas, primarily from flooding.
The huge financial losses are still being calculated.
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