On Saturday afternoon, President Donald Trump made his second trip to Houston, TX in a week, perhaps hoping for a "do over" on his first visit, at which his performance was so desultory and lackluster that it was entirely overshadowed by his wife's choice of shoes for the outing.
On his second visit, Trump touched actual Texas children, handed out styrofoam containers of food -- but not without getting in a dig at the media -- and did his best to play the role of a strong and competent leader who wouldn't rack up a perfect score on the "Are You a Sociopath?" test.
And it would have worked, too, if he hadn't stopped on the way out the door to tell everyone huddled in the shelter with the few meager belongings they have that aren't soaked in mud, poop and toxic chemicals to "Have a good time."
"Have a good time, everybody" - Trump in Houston just now https://t.co/pAk240vnMO— Dave Dameshek (@Dave Dameshek)1504373984.0
Business Insider pointed out that at current count 43 people have died from causes related to Hurricane Harvey and dozens more injured. A number of highly toxic industrial cleanup sites were inundated in the storm and cataclysmic flooding but the EPA currently admits that is has no idea how that may affect the environment or the people and wildlife in the region.
Cleaning up after Harvey will take billions of dollars and years to accomplish. Losses to local residents and businesses have been catastrophic, but the president wants everyone to "have a good time."
Twitter was not amused.
@BrianKarem "Have a good time everybody!" Trump tells folks who have lost their homes & possessions & living at… https://t.co/udRo0gkk8B— SisterhoodTribe555🌈⚖️ (@SisterhoodTribe555🌈⚖️)1504397825.0
https://t.co/Z1bS7kBgOe Trump to the victims of Harvey in Shelters. "HAVE A GOOD TIME EVERYBODY" WOW This is how a real pres shows empathy.— 🌊Ty Hall🌊 (@🌊Ty Hall🌊)1504397743.0
People lost their lives, loved ones, homes, beloved pets. Many thousands of people face uncertain futures. Our Pres… https://t.co/YxlfNVf7X7— Chelsea Clinton (@Chelsea Clinton)1504382918.0
@GeorgeTakei Trump told Hurricane Harvey survivors to ‘have a good time’ while visiting shelter https://t.co/nAFz2D9AG1— Geoffrey Harper (@Geoffrey Harper)1504397497.0