Hurricane Matthew is yet to arrive and it has already accomplished the impossible – make Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton agree on something! But did they really?
In the light of the rapidly approaching Hurricane Matthew that has already claimed hundreds of lives in Haiti, Caribbean, United States President Obama has issued a state of emergency in Florida, the place which is predicted to get affected the most.
This is one of the deadliest hurricanes in the recent history, a rare natural calamity that the U.S. has seen after 127 months, points out Climate Depot.
Hence, it wasn’t surprising that both the major party Presidential candidates took to the various public forums to warn people about the approaching disaster.
It was, however, surprising that it took an enormous hurricane to finally get Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to agree on something besides than how much they hate each other.
Their approach to getting the news out to the masses remained different. When both the approaches are compared, in a shocking turn of events, Trump’s approach came across as a lot more humane!
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the path of Hurricane Matthew, namely in Florida, Georgia and Carolinas…” began the official statement released from Donald Trump’s campaign.
It warned the people to follow their Governors and cooperate with state officials to make sure that no harm befalls on their families.
The statement also thanked the tireless work and efforts of “law enforcement, first responders and power crew” that are on the standby to help every citizen’s safety before and after the storm hits the U.S.
Hillary Clinton’s address to the hurricane, while giving a speech in Tampa, also echoed similar sentiments. “Last week’s hurricane was another reminder of the devastation that extreme weather can cause and I send my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by Hermine,” said Hillary.
However, she quickly switched on to a more pressing issue than the hurricane apparently – Donald Trump.
She emphasized that Trump would not care if common people lost everything that took a lifetime to build for them and their families.
“When it comes to protecting our country against natural disasters and the threat of climate change, once again, Donald Trump is totally unfit and unqualified to be our President,” she concluded.
While such a switch of tone could have been expected from Donald Trump, people are aghast that it came from Hillary Clinton instead.
Using natural disasters to further one’s political agenda has never been received well by the people or the media in the past.
That is why Ryan Williams, who advised Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, had maintained “You need to strike a balance between looking presidential but not looking like you’re a politically crass politician who’s parachuting in for a photo-op.”
This was agreed upon by Brett Doster, who advised Bush’s reelection campaign in Florida, reports Politico:
“The two candidates are going to have to be very careful because there’s a tremendous risk if it looks like they’re politicizing it in the least.”
It is still to be seen if the speech, which bordered on insensitivity, bears any serious ramifications for Hillary’s campaign in the future.
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— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 6, 2016