Donald Trump has sowed the seeds of his own destruction and now he’s reaping the whirlwind… literally. Trump is getting the blame for bringing on Mother Nature’s wrath. Then, again, so are Leftists, God and the usual mortal sinners. So who owns Harvey, Irma and Jose?
The United States is being hit by a succession of hurricanes unprecedented in size and ferocity.
Not surprisingly, freakjobs have come out of the woodwork to read all manner of meaning into the storms. As a culture, we haven’t really advance much beyond the stone age when it comes to superstition.
Just like our ancestors we still project our own fears and prejudices on any sudden, unexplained phenomena, whether its eclipses, meteor showers, earthquakes or torrential storms.
This hurricane season has been particularly political because a climate-change denier occupies the White House.
Of course, don’t tell that to Rush Limbaugh. The radio blow-hard insists the hurricanes are a leftist and greedy capitalist conspiracy, an odd combo to be sure. The former claim they’re proof climate-change is real. The latter are just in it for the money.
Jennifer Lawrence kicked up a storm of her own when she suggested, likely jokingly, that the storms are Mother Nature’s payback to Trump and his supporters.
‘It’s also scary to know, that climate change is due to human activity, and we continue to ignore it, and the only voice that we really have is through voting,” Lawrence said in a recent UK interview.
That brought wingnuts out of the woodwork. The ranted on Twitter and urged Trumpanzees to boycott her new movie “Mother.”
University of Tampa Sociology professor Kenneth L. Storey got sacked for blaming the hurricanes on Trump voters on social media, The Tampa Bay Times reported.
The so-called mainstream media is also drawing howls from right wingers for trying to blame Trump.
The fact that Harvey ripped its way through Texas has been singled out as payback for Texas’s heartless Republican politicians.
Garrison Keillor, of “Prairie Home Companion” fame, wrote in The Washington Post a few days ago that the storms exposed Texans, including Sen. Ted Cruz, as a bunch of hypocrites.
Their bragging about self-reliance has turned into desperate pleas for billions of dollars in federal tax dollars to bail them out for building houses in flood plains.
“I’m all in favor of pouring money into Texas, but I am a bleeding-heart liberal who favors single-payer health care. How is being struck by a hurricane so different from being hit by cancer? I’m only asking,” he wrote.
God is one of the usual suspects, as well.
Holy roller Kirk Cameron got into the act today. He broadcast over social media that God sent the hurricanes to teach humankind “humility” and “repentance.” Then again, it could be God’s way of telling Cameron to repent for his vapid ABC sitcom “Growing Pains.”
Of course, evangelical Christians are blaming gays, who else? Ministers like Kevin Swanson and evangelical radio host Rick Wiles believe the Bible calls for death to gays. (Sound familiar, ISIS?)
Right wing talking head Ann Coulter came up with this Twitter zinger: “I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than ‘climate change.'”
Back in the day, natural disasters were almost always solely attributed to angry Gods. Now even science is being called into question.
Next thing you know people will be blaming aliens. Remember, you read it here first.