When one is facing hunger and pestilence and mold and dehydration Trump’s cup of gold is not high on the list of priorities. And when you can’t sell the cup for very much as it is fake gold the tragedy deepens. Is it possible to be worse than the level of callousness such an act brings? And the signal such an act denotes? When one’s life is brimming with despair and all you do to alleviate the pain reminds you of the desperate situation you are in, symbolism can be good or it can be very dangerous. When it is presented with love and concern one can see the possibility of good in the midst of such bad. Or the insensitivity can be a slap across the face while you slowly dog-paddle to shore.
“Trump attended a golfing event Sunday. And just in case anyone was going to go after him for not paying attention to the disaster, he attempted to pre-empt the criticism: He dedicated the trophy to the victims of the storm.
“On behalf of all the people in Texas and all of the people of ― if you look today and you see what’s happening, how horrible it is, but we have it under really great control ― Puerto Rico, and the people of Florida who have suffered over this last short period of time with the hurricanes. I want to just remember them,” Trump said.
“And we’re going to dedicate this trophy to all of those people that went through so much that we love, a part of our great state, really a part of our great nation,” he added, before pivoting to talking about golf. “And I’ll tell you what ― I’ve been watching this thing from the beginning. And I have to say, our Team USA, wow, did you play well.”
Trump made his remarks at the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, New Jersey. Trump’s attempt to appear engaged by giving a shout-out to the storm victims made the optics of the whole situation even worse.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-dedicates-golf-trophy-to-hurricane-victims_us_59d16811e4b05f005d3509cc?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009