On Thursday night, Democratic Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards released a statement suggesting that Donald Trump’s hastily-announced visit to Baton Rouge to tour flood damage was nothing more than a photo opportunity, but on Friday morning, newly-christened Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway insisted that the trip was in no way political. Unfortunately, Conway volunteered that description even as she used the trip as an example of a new, more “presidential” Donald Trump:
All the people, David, who have been saying, “Hey, let’s get Trump to pivot, let’s get him to be more presidential,” that is presidential. It’s also presidential today to have him and Governor Pence going to Louisiana, in a decidedly nonpolitical event, no press allowed, going to help people on the ground who are in need.
Yes, nothing says “decidedly nonpolitical” like a campaign manager pointing out how presidential your nonpolitical event is making him seem.
The flooding in Louisiana has claimed 13 lives thus far, and displaced tens of thousands of Louisiana residents.
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