President Donald Trump made a number of eyebrow-raising comments on Wednesday as he visited North Carolina to survey the damage left behind by Hurricane Florence and meet with survivors. But critics say his tone-deaf comments brought anything but comfort.
At one point, Trump told storm victims to “have a good time” as they arrived for meals and supplies.
At another, he spoke with a homeowner who said the insurance company didn’t want to pay for the damage after a boat ― not his ― washed up and crashed against his deck.
“At least you got a nice boat out of the deal,” said Trump.
Critics took to Twitter to slam the president for his “horrible and inappropriate” responses:
This comment has gone right past our general Southern response of "Bless his heart" to our very specific Eastern NC response of "My lord, honey." No one wants to be the recipient of a "My lord, honey."
— Kevyn Creech (@kevcreech) September 19, 2018
AT LEAST HE GOT A NICE BOAT OUT OF THE DEAL. pic.twitter.com/8eJA00AL8y
— ʀyᴀɴ ʙʟᴜᴍᴇ️ (@blumerdeluxe) September 19, 2018
Please tell me this isn’t real
— joony (@jessmosc) September 19, 2018
— ℝ𝕠𝕤𝕖 𝕊𝕒𝕘𝕖 (@RoseSage6) September 19, 2018
This could have been in a Leslie Nielsen spoof movie...
— Clint Sears (@clintisawesome) September 19, 2018
‘At least you got a nice boat out of the deal!’ Jesus! He really does think it’s all a damn game show doesn’t he?!!! 🤯
— Diane MW (@didoh) September 19, 2018
His attempts at humor are horrible and inappropriate
— JN (@ML77) September 19, 2018
The man was born without Empathy DNA.... a complete narcissist.
— Brian Wilde (@BWildeGlobal) September 19, 2018
For such a negative guy, he always manages to find the bright side. Like how 9/11 made his building the tallest.
— hella tidy (@sarahgayle695) September 19, 2018
How long before he concludes the biggest victim of Hurricane Florence is himself?
— Kim Norviel (@Kimmer4444) September 19, 2018
1. Have a good time?
2. Is this your boat. No, answered the man. 45 said At least you got a nice boat.
What is wrong with you?
— Xiomara Trump's a traitor gloves off (@BrokenSpiritNMB) September 20, 2018
I can’t even bless his heart. ♀️
— Where Are the Girls (@ofthestardust) September 19, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.