Seriously folks, the headline is not an exaggeration. You will find no worse way to warn the nation of an impending disaster than how Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday night, ahead of what could be a historically destructive hurricane. Trump sounded more like a salesperson than a leader warning the nation of impending destruction.
Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office about the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 4 storm that is expected to make landfall around late Thursday or Friday this week. Trump described the hurricane in the most ridiculous terms imaginable. “They haven’t seen anything like what’s coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever. It’s tremendously big and tremendously wet. Tremendous amounts of water,” Trump said in the Oval Office, seen in the footage below.
TRUMP sounds the alarm about Hurricane Florence during Oval Office press availability: "They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever. It's tremendously big and tremendously wet." pic.twitter.com/p5YljZK8oL
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 11, 2018
“Tremendously wet,” I guess as opposed to those “dry” hurricanes we’ve all seen? Instead of telling us where it will make landfall, about total rainfall and magnitude of the storm surge, Trump decided that he needed to tell us that the storm will be big and wet. It’s as if he was making a sales pitch for the storm, instead of a warning.
More than 1.5 million people are already under evacuation orders, mainly in coastal regions in the Carolinas. The National Hurricane Center called the storm “extremely dangerous.” Florence is anticipated to mainly impact South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, with millions of people already evacuating right this moment.