House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) is scolding Democratic presidential nominee for failing to visit the state of Louisiana after it was ravaged by floodwaters, saying she should drop the excuses and follow in GOP nominee Donald Trump’s lead, who visited the state last week.
Clinton has claimed that her visit would “disrupt” the disaster relief efforts, but Scalise says that’s not the case.
“I want to thank Donald Trump and President Obama for coming to south Louisiana to show that they care about the people struggling from the devastating flooding, while bringing more national focus to this disaster,” Scalise said in a statement. :Their presence contradicts Hillary Clinton’s unbelievable claim that her presence would be a ‘distraction’ from our recovery.”
Clinton is on day two of an 11-day fundraising blitz through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley and the Hamptons.
“It was far from a distraction when Donald Trump, whose recent visit was praised by Gov. Edwards as ‘helpful,’ gave a much-needed boost to the spirits of those families recovering,” Scalise continued. “I saw firsthand how Donald Trump’s presence in Denham Springs and Central gave hope to many who are struggling, and now President Obama has followed Donald’s lead by coming here.”
“I would encourage Hillary Clinton to follow Donald Trump and President Obama’s leads and come down to south Louisiana now to see for herself the damage that has been done as thousands of people work on recovering and rebuilding their lives. It’s simply the right thing to do.”
Last week, while Trump visited the states’ flood victims and donated supplies, Clinton was throwing a birthday party for her husband, former President Bill Clinton, at Martha’s Vineyard, the same location spot that President Obama was at when he refused to cut his vacation short to visit the state.
Clinton and Obama both criticized former Pres. George W. Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina, which wrecked the state more than 10 years ago.
In 2007, Clinton blasted Bush in a political ad, saying the people of the state during Katrina were “invisible” to Bush.