“I cannot disappoint the thousands of people that are there ― and the thousands that are going,” the president tweeted prior to the event.
However, in 2012, Trump slammed President Barack Obama for campaigning two weeks after Hurricane Sandy:
Yesterday Obama campaigned with JayZ & Springsteen while Hurricane Sandy victims across NY & NJ are still decimated by Sandy. Wrong!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
There was at least one key difference: Obama and his 2012 rival, Mitt Romney, both suspended their campaigns as the storm hit. They resumed campaigning days later.
Trump’s event in Florida took place mere hours after Hurricane Michael made landfall.
Many have called out Trump for holding a campaign event on the day of the storm:
Trump's in Pennsylvania playing to the crowd while Florida gets its ass kicked. It's like Bush overflying New Orleans after Katrina and calling it good. What a loser.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 11, 2018
I guess it’s cool tho if you’re in Erie, Pennsylvania, during a Florida hurricane because there are no celebrities there (aka, won’t attend)? https://t.co/jwhn7NqXCt— Shannon Fx Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 10, 2018
Just a reminder that Cadet Bonespur is babbling to a room full of white people in the midst of a hurricane to assuage his malignant narcissism. https://t.co/Ryc7BooHXh— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) October 10, 2018
There is a trump tweet for literally every single thing….— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) October 11, 2018
Hurricane Michael hits FL panhandle as most catastrophic storm there in history...— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 10, 2018
...but Trump goes ahead with campaign rally in PA because he doesn’t want to disappoint his base.
If you still feel the same way, what are you doing in Pennsylvania today while Hurricane Michael still going on through Georgia and east Florida is still flooded? #wRoNg🤫 Also sandy peaked at Cat3 while Michael peaked 2mph short of Cat5 so far— Matthew B (@AngryKoalaBear) October 11, 2018
How's your campaign rally tonight? Also, there's a hurricane happening.— Marcus 🤣🤣 (@CivilMarcus66) October 10, 2018
How cool, Jayz & Springsteen! You should be so lucky. All you get is Kanye! LOL— Marilynnfaulk (@marilynnfaulk) October 11, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.