The editorial board of Louisiana news outlet The Advocate is blasting Hillary Clinton for her refusal to come visit their state as it “rebound[s] from what’s been described as the worst American natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy.”
From The Advocate:
If Hillary Clinton becomes president next year —a distinct possibility given recent polls — then she will inherit the job of overseeing the federal role in Louisiana’s recovery from historic flooding. That’s reason enough for Clinton to visit the state and see the damage for herself, and she’s made a bad decision in avoiding Louisiana since the waters receded.
Clinton has said she’d rather wait to visit when her presence won’t be a distraction from relief efforts. But if the incumbent president of the United States can visit Louisiana without doing apparent harm to flood response operations, then surely the woman who’s a leading contender to succeed him can do the same.
Louisiana is a reliably red state with few electoral votes, and Clinton isn’t likely to flip it to her column in the coming election. But Louisiana’s crisis should be a call to conscience and compassion, not the cold calculus of electoral math. The scale of this disaster argues for sustained, bipartisan resolve to rebuild our broken state.
Hillary Clinton’s extensive resume reads like a running dress rehearsal for the highest office in the land. She should know by now that part of a president’s job is showing up quickly — in person— when a widescale tragedy leaves Americans in desperate need.
If she wants to be the next president, Hillary Clinton should act like one, and come to Louisiana.
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