Letters to the Editor

Christians or self-promoters during Texas visits?

Vice President Mike Pence, center, with his wife Karen, right, shared a hug as he tries to encourage residents effected by Hurricane Harvey during an Aug. 31 visitin Rockport, Texas.
Vice President Mike Pence, center, with his wife Karen, right, shared a hug as he tries to encourage residents effected by Hurricane Harvey during an Aug. 31 visitin Rockport, Texas. Associated Press

President Donald Trump’s poorly conceived first visit to Texas echoed the callousness of George W. Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Trump avoided direct contact with Hurricane Harvey damages just as Bush cowardly flew over Katrina’s devastation.

Trump praised authorities who, in some cases, had not taken any significant action, just as Bush prematurely congratulated “Brownie” for his response to Katrina. Trump even had to catch himself before offering premature congratulations to himself and the Texas governor. Sad.

What is it with Republicans’ obsession with self-congratulations? Their need to show off? Like First Lady Melania Trump and Steve Mnuchin’s wife, why do people need to brag about their riches? Could it be that these people actually have weak characters and an inability to empathize?

What is it with Vice President Mike Pence’s self-righteousness? Why the need to conduct such a public Christian prayer service in the name of all Texans? I guarantee you Pence will not hold a similar prayer service with a black church congregation, let alone a Jewish, Sikh or Muslim congregation.

What is it with the self-serving heartlessness of our leaders? Are these people truly Christians or merely self-promoters, pretenders? It is yet to be seen how sincere they are in their pronouncements.

Sean McElroy

Lexington

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