Hurricane Harvey has hit coastal Texas very hard. Fortunately, President Donald Trump has made a decisive move to help victims in a very meaningful way.
On Thursday, President Trump pledged $1 million of his own personal money to help Hurricane Harvey victims, according to Washington Free Beacon. The money will go towards helping those in Texas still without power or shelter.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Thursday: “I spoke directly with the President earlier and I am happy to tell that he would like to join in the efforts that a lot of the people that we’ve seen across the country do, and he’s pledging a million dollars of personal money to the fund.”
President Trump’s hefty donation comes in conjunction with an outpouring of support from the American people.
The US Chamber of Commerce has so far tallied that American businesses have donated $113 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The Houston Rockets donated another $4 million to help out, while the Houston Texans have donated $1 million.
The Texans have been joined by other NFL teams, including the Minnesota Vikings (donated $300,000), Detroit Lions ($1 million to the Red Cross), and the New England Patriots ($1 million) in giving to the cause.
President Trump’s very personal decision to use his own money, in addition to public funds, falls in line with his decision to not receive a salary as president. Mr. Trump’s generosity is in contrast with his predecessor Barrack Obama.
President Obama did not donate $1 million dollars to the victims of the flooding of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in 2015. Neither did he donate any personal funds in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, this despite the personal fortune he amassed through the publication of his books by virtue of his elections.
The fact that President Trump uses his own money provides an example of why our Founding Fathers thought that men of private means and property should rule the Republic.
Individuals who do not have to rely on politics for their wealth are not beholden to the whims of passing public opinion or the dirty machinations of lobbyists. As much as some Americans may hate it, inherited wealth can provide a true bulwark against the inherent plutocracy of mass democracy.
Despite the fact that Hurricane Harvey should be a moment for unity, far-Left personalities have invariably politicized the tragedy. Charlie Hebdo in France published a disgusting cartoon that depicted the good people of Houston as drowning Nazis.
Jihad apologist Linda Sarsour used the tragedy to fund her own Harvey Hurricane relief fund, a shell company that dumps most of the donation money into far-Left activism. Sarsour’s insidious designs caught the attention of the mainstream media, who have since been running articles about how private citizens can defend themselves against dubious relief agencies.
The disaster of Hurricane Harvey has brought out the best in America; people helping people even when elites in the media continue to denigrate those providing relief efforts. Do you think President Trump has reacted appropriately to the disaster?
President Trump’s personal donation is not only commendable but it also subtly highlights the sick, venal nature of the mainstream media. Rather than praise the man for going to Texas and giving his private money to the hurricane’s victims, most media outlets have spent their time criticizing First Lady Melania Trump’s choice of shoes.
In all, President Trump is proving that at his root, he is a charitable and caring American. That is more than can be said of his detractors.