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Louisiana Governor & former Senator - both Democrats - praise Trump for 'shining spotlight' on flood victims
Mary Landrieu too...
Last week, prior to Donald Trump's Louisiana visit, the anti-Trump media had fun mischaracterizing remarks made by LA. Governor John Bel Edwards. If you watched any of the mainstreamers, you were under the impression that the Governor told Trump not to come. Like so much of what those outlets report, that wasn't exactly true.
What Edwards said was:
"We welcome him to Louisiana, but not for a photo-op. Instead we hope he’ll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of the storm."
Somehow, the fact that Edwards was (probably legitimately) a bit concerned about the possibility of a quick political stunt turned into "Louisiana Governor says stay out."
On Sunday he not only corrected the press, but he also praised Trump's visit as a positive development that "shined a spotlight" on the destruction in his state.
As the Hill reports, Edwards appeared on CNN, where he said the following:
"I didn't dismiss his trip as a photo-op. Before he came down, I said we welcome him here, we want him to be helpful. And we hope that it doesn't turn into a mere photo-op."
Edwards said Trump's visit to the state was positive for Louisiana.
"Because it helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here, that it was helpful," he said.
"I also appreciated the good phone call, the conversation that I had with Gov. [Mike] Pence [R-Ind.], who was sincere and genuine when he called, and we spoke for a long time on Friday morning about their desire to be helpful," he said about Trump's running mate.
Even former Louisiana Senator, Democrat Mary Landrieu, offered some kind words about Trump's visit. ...And simultaneously threw the stink-eye at President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Mary Landrieu: 'I want to thank Mr. Trump for coming to LA…I hope Sec Clinton will make her way down. I hope Pres Obama will make a visit.'— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 19, 2016
So, while Obama was golfing and Hillary was lounging around Cape Cod with Cher, Trump was down in 'bayou country' looking presidential.
The press has got to be livid that they're being forced to give Trump some positive coverage.
Let's hope we see more of this Donald Trump over the next couple of months...