Clinton Visits Tons Of Places, None Of Which Are Flood-Wracked Louisiana
The state of Louisiana has been deeply affected by massive flooding since Aug. 15, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is the only major party candidate to not visit those who lost their businesses and homes.
Republican candidate Donald Trump stopped in Louisiana Friday, visiting workers and encouraging those who lost everything. It is estimated that up to 40,000 homes were destroyed in the flooding, 15 percent of which had flood insurance plans. Businesses numbering about 7,500 employing 75,000 people were destroyed, and 86,000 have signed up for FEMA assistance.
After national pressure to cut his golfing vacation short, President Barack Obama made the decision to visit the crippled state Tuesday. Clinton is now the only major political player in the national presidential race to not visit, or not make plans to visit the affected area.
Instead, Clinton and her surrogates attended 5 high profile fundraisers, and visited 9 states other than Louisiana since Monday, when the flooding began.
On the day of the flooding, Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine traveled with his wife to visit North Carolina, where he attended a small rally at a BBQ joint, and then spoke at two rallies, one Monday, and another Tuesday.
Campaign manager Bobby Mook attended a high level fundraiser in Clinton’s name Aug. 15 in Denver. Democratic Senator Cory Booker also attended a fundraiser, although the location and details were not published on the campaign website.
Clinton announced Tuesday the team that would transition the Democratic candidate to the White House, indicating that was more important to the candidate than the actual duties of the office.
Clinton spoke at a rally in Pennsylvania, to focus on ensuring voters knew how to get registered in time to vote in the general election in November.
Clinton and Kaine went to Cleveland, Ohio and Michigan respectively to discuss the candidate’s jobs plan on Wednesday.
The Clinton campaign began Thursday by publishing a list of all of the people Trump insulted on twitter. Clinton then visited her adopted home state of New York, where she spoke at a conference of police chiefs to discuss how they could keep members of all ethnic groups safe during police actions.
The Clinton campaign sent actress Jennifer Garner in her stead to a campaign fundraiser in Bozeman, Montana hosted by Carol Williams.
The Clinton campaign opted to visit Michigan Friday where the Democratic nominee told minority supporters that Trump wasn’t able to cater to their needs because white supremacist David Duke endorsed the Trump campaign. Trump visited Louisiana on Friday.
The official campaign record is silent on what Clinton did on Saturday, August 20, but on Sunday, the Clinton schedule is full. In Provincetown, Massachusetts, Clinton plans a high-dollar fundraiser with Cher.
The options to attend include the option to “co-chair” the event, which includes an invitation to a private host reception after the event with both Clinton and Cher. That honor can be purchased for $27,000.
If a donor wanted instead to get a personal photo with Clinton, that will only take a $10,000 donation to the campaign. In fact, the smallest available ticket at the fundraiser is the “champion” level supporter, which carries a $2,700 dollar ticket price.
Later during the day, the Clinton campaign will fly to Atlanta, Georgia, for a much larger fundraiser with the southern cities’ LGBT groups. There, donors can be a “friend” to Hillary Clinton with a paltry $250 donation.
As of press time, the Clinton campaign has published no plans to visit the state of Louisiana.
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