I just got off the phone with Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana.
The flooding there is more extensive 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.
There are two organizations the governor asked that we help. Chip in right now to the Red Cross, which is doing critical work to provide medical assistance and supplies to the victims of this natural disaster. You can also donate right now to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, a local organization that’s directing money to community non-profits that need it.
These are our friends, our family members, our community -- and they’re counting on us to reach out with open arms right now. This team has done so much for me. Now I’m asking you to show that same support to the victims in Louisiana, so that we can begin to rebuild together:
In other news ....
August 19, 2016
The governor of Louisiana is telling Donald Trump to stay away from the state if he only intends to show up for a photo-op and leave.By Neetzan Zimmerman
“Donald Trump hasn’t called the governor to inform him of his visit,” Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said in a statement Friday morning. “We welcome him to LA, but not for a photo-op.”
The governor’s office added that if the Republican presidential nominee is interested in helping flood victims, he should “consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund” instead
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FTR: Apparently Trump and Pence were mysteriously handing out boxes of Play-Doh rather than this stuff. You cannot patch a wall or fix a leak with Play-Doh. You shouldn't eat it, either.
Lastly, ICYMI, this is the storm trooper security detail that disembarked the Trump plane before the owner did. When have we ever seen Hillary with a SWAT team protecting her on her home turf?