President Donald Trump made an insensitive tweet on Wednesday morning, using Hurricanes Irma and Harvey to urge Congress to pass fiscal policy that would largely benefit the richest 1 percent.
Trump is desperate for a huge legislative win. With the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare and the inability to get anything done without the use of executive orders, Trump is looking like a lame-duck president only nine months into his presidency.
But even Trump can understand that using national tragedy to push a political agenda is wrong…or so one might have thought before this morning.
Trump’s tweet told Congress that those hit hardest by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey were in desperate need of help — in the form of tax reform.
With Irma and Harvey devastation, Tax Cuts and Tax Reform is needed more than ever before. Go Congress, go!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2017
“With Irma and Harvey devastation, Tax Cuts and Tax Reform is needed more than ever before,” Trump pleaded.
The reality of the situation is just the opposite: billions of dollars are needed for recovery efforts in Texas, Florida, the Caribbean territories, and other places in the United States. Those projects need to be fully funded to bring back the livelihoods of American citizens in areas hit hard — tax cuts to the richest won’t help in any way to achieve that end.
Beyond the practical matter of funding recovery efforts, Trump’s tweet reflects a more troubling reality: The president’s moral compass is in dire need of realignment. This has been observed by several commentators before today, but it’s even clearer to see, now that Trump has used a national tragedy as a means of fattening the pocketbooks of his wealthy friends (not to mention, himself).
This isn’t the first time that Trump made an insensitive remark in the wake of a national tragedy. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Trump went on a radio station to brag that his property was now the tallest building in New York.
“’40 Wall Street’ actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan,” he said. “And now it’s the tallest.”