GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, on his own initiative, went to support victims of recent flooding in Louisiana by visiting Baton Rouge, Greenwell Springs and other sites in the state where flood victims were taking shelter. Trump helped unload a truck’s worth of supplies to the Ascension Parish in St. Amant and spoke to people affected by the floodwaters there.
In stark contrast with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton — who chose to spend the weekend hobnobbing with her rich friends and donors in Martha’s Vineyard — Trump expressed interest in touring hard-hit areas and helping out where he could. He listened to the stories of people who had lost everything and brought food and children’s items to those in need.
So powerful were these efforts that President Obama was shamed into cutting short his summer vacation (also on wealthy enclave Martha’s Vineyard) to try and duplicate Trump’s endeavors. For most people, however, Obama’s weak response was a copycat effort compared to Trump’s swift action. Trump referred to the president’s delayed actions as “too little, too late.”