It’s Hurricane Harvey, Not Hurricane Trump

Joshua Perry, News Editor

Most people are aware of the phenomenon known as the “butterfly effect.” Simply put, seemingly inconsequential actions have unexpected, sometimes monumental effects–like a twister resulting from a butterfly’s wing flap.

This principle has been applied to lots of events. However, I didn’t think that President Donald Trump raising his hand while getting sworn in on inauguration day could result in a category four hurricane making landfall in the U.S.

However, some have taken aim at Trump and his administration during Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath seeking a chance to criticize, speculate or even lay blame for the damage.

Aiko Stevenson, a Huffington Post contributor, said that more severe storms can be expected in the future “since Trump has taken office this year,” and “our odds of surviving this (climate) crisis have considerably worsened.”

The writer suggested that Trump’s denial of climate change and pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord will make the country more susceptible to extreme weather, and went on to scrutinize the President’s visit to ravaged areas.

A CNN report also put the President’s Gulf Coast visits under the national spotlight.

“…He touted the size of the crowd that greeted him outside a firehouse but failed to mention the storm’s victims,” the report said, “leaving critics and even some allies saying he failed to demonstrate the empathy and compassion presidents are expected to display during these visits.”

The truth is, whatever Trump said or did doesn’t matter as much to the residents of Texas as renovating their houses, throwing out valued belongings, or mourning the deaths of other Texans.

According to the Weather Channel’s estimate, Hurricane Harvey flooded about 136,000 buildings in Houston alone and killed at least 45 people. Turning this tragedy into fuel for a political debate is simply disrespectful to the citizens actually impacted by it.

Actions are far more effective than words right now, and the most important thing is getting the everyday people back on their feet.

That’s why it was important that Trump made appearances in affected areas and served food at a relief center. Reassurance and hope are tried and true ways to bring vitality back to a community and start the healing process.