What a difference six years make.
As a life-threatening hurricane barreled into Florida on Wednesday afternoon, President Trump was wheels up to Pennsylvania for a political rally — even though he once rebuked his predecessor for doing something similar.
“I cannot disappoint the thousands of people that are there,” Trump tweeted before departing the White House for a rally in support of Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) in Erie. “I look forward to seeing everyone this evening.”
Earlier in the day, Trump was a bit conflicted while brainstorming whether he should really go rallying while Hurricane Michael ravages Florida. “It’s a mix but I’ll be totally focused on this,” Trump said, referring to Michael, which is the worst storm to hit continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew smashed into South Florida in 1992.
In November 2012, Trump had a much different outlook on pushing politics in the midst of a hurricane.
“Yesterday Obama campaigned with JayZ & Springsteen while Hurricane Sandy victims across NY & NJ are still decimated by Sandy. Wrong!” Trump tweeted days after the super storm brought chaos to the five boroughs and surrounding areas.
Sandy made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane; Michael hit into Mexico Beach, Fla., around 1:30 p.m. as a Category 4 hurricane.