Joe Scarborough criticized President Donald Trump for holding a political rally during Hurricane Michael, adding Trump leveled the same criticism at former President Barack Obama for doing the same thing in 2012.
Back in 2012, Obama campaigned with rapper Jay Z and singer Bruce Springsteen a week after Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey. Trump went on Twitter and said it was “wrong” of Obama to campaign while people were suffering.
Yesterday Obama campaigned with JayZ & Springsteen while Hurricane Sandy victims across NY & NJ are still decimated by Sandy. Wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Scarborough slammed Trump for not canceling the Pennsylvania rally and said he should have prioritized the hurricane above all else. (RELATED: Joe Scarborough Rants About Used Car Salesman And Leprechauns In An Attempt To Slam Mitch McConnell)
“[Trump] said it would be unfair to cancel it because of all the people who showed up to be there,” co-host Willie Geist said on “Morning Joe” Thursday. “President Trump was meeting with donors first in Pennsylvania and then holding a campaign rally in Erie. That fund-raisers was expected to take in some $250,000 to benefit the Trump re-election campaign.”
Trump said he couldn’t cancel the rally and disappoint the people who had come to hear him speak, but Scarborough insisted that he could have.
“Actually you can. It’s very easy. You say: ‘Our brother and sisters on the Gulf Coast are suffering and I’m president of the United States. And I criticized Barack Obama for holding a campaign event one week after a hurricane hit,'” Scarborough declared.
“I really don’t need to be holding campaign events and having rich people come together for my fundraisers while people are literally fighting for their lives and trying to keep their businesses together in another part of the country.”
Scarborough said other politicians would face backlash if they displayed this type of behavior and then accused Trump of caring more about a pep rally than dying Floridians.
“I suppose most other politicians would pay a heavy price for it. George Bush paid a heavy price for having a photo taken of him on Air Force One, looking down at the affected area while people in New Orleans and Mississippi were suffering from Katrina,” he concluded. “But here we have a president holding just a full on pep rally while Americans are suffering and dying in northwest Florida.”
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