While President Obama is on vacation with no plans to cut things short, Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence are visiting flood victims in Louisiana.
WATCH: Trump and Pence disembark from Plane in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to tour flooding. https://t.co/xrSlortUF1
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 19, 2016
The Advocate reported on part of what the duo did:
In East Baton Rouge Parish, Friday, Trump’s motorcade drove through hard-hit communities, where ripped up carpet and flooring, furniture and the entire contents of homes were piled on the curb.
People who were still mucking out their homes, in some instances, came out to wave at the motorcade with gloved hands dirty from their house-gutting work.
He and Pence then met a group of volunteers at a Baptist church who have been cooking meals for flood victims and helping the elderly gut their homes.
At one point during Trump’s trip, a reporter asked the GOP nominee what his message was to Louisiana.
“To help out. Everybody’s gotta help.”
In a video showing the footage of Trump in Louisiana, bystanders can be heard shouting “We knew you’d come!” and “Glad you aren’t playing golf.”
They crowds yells to "Mr. Trump" but there is no doubt they would rather be saying "President Trump" Baton Rouge, LA https://t.co/d845wwnCV7
— ??Dean Meek?? (@TeaPartyNevada) August 19, 2016
Trump and Pence could also be seen handing out supplies to the flood victims:
Following the visit, The Donald posted this request to his Facebook:
Please keep the amazing people of Louisiana in your thoughts and prayers.
His post reads:
“Please keep the amazing people of Louisiana in your thoughts and prayers.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, posted to her Facebook that she had a phone call with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.
I just got off the phone with Governor John Bel Edwards in Louisiana.The flooding there is bigger than anyone…
Her post reads, in part:
I just got off the phone with Governor John Bel Edwards in Louisiana.
The flooding there is bigger than anyone expected—more than 40,000 homes have been damaged and more than 100,000 people have been affected.
My heart breaks for Louisiana, and right now, the relief effort can’t afford any distractions. The very best way this team can help is to make sure Louisianans have the resources they need.
Additionally, Hillary made a request from her supporters to donate what they can to the flood victims.
As far as Obama goes, as of yesterday, he was seen out on the golf course:
— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) August 19, 2016
Despite one local paper calling for the President to cut his vacation short and show up to support the thousands struggling with lost homes in Louisiana, The New York Post points out that President Obama has not even issued a statement about the flooding.
The Advocate implored the president to “pack his bags” and get to Louisiana:
“The president’s presence is already late to this crisis, but it’s better later than never.”
According to the Red Cross, the flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy. Thousands of people have lost all the material possessions they have, and with more rain on the way, it could get even worse.