Over the past week, Donald Trump demonstrated engaged leadership in Milwaukee and Baton Rouge by responding in a Presidential manner to major crises. Obama and his proposed successor were nowhere to be found. Sure, “government did its job.” The National Guard quelled violent riots in Milwaukee, and all manner of government agencies were on hand to help flood-wracked Louisiana. Obama-Clinton supporters argue, therefore, neither one “needed” to be there. A servant leader is neither distant, nor aloof. The servant leader is engaged, showing empathy and solidarity. Whether it’s a mayor, governor, or president, people expect their leaders to be engaged and show they care. Visiting crisis-stricken areas is a significant part of that. Nothing shows aloofness, and snobbish elitism more than going on vacation or not interrupting a vacation while areas under a leader’s jurisdiction are suffering.
Trump handed out supplies, signed autographs, and visited some of the devastated homes in Louisiana. What is not widely known: Trump donated the tractor trailer load of supplies that he personally distributed. Trump is still a private citizen. He didn’t “need” to be in Baton Rouge. But, Trump recognized as a leader that he absolutely needed to be there, to show that he cares about others and their needs. It’s the difference between #ImwithYou and #ImwithHer.
“I knew you would come,” devastated residents said.
Obama by continuing to play golf and not interrupting his umpteenth vacation; and Clinton by not interrupting her four days of beauty rest told the people of Louisiana who lost everything, “I don’t give a damn about you.” Oh, sure, Clinton Tweeted that her “heart breaks for Louisiana,” but she was nowhere to be found. Her words are meaningless and not backed up by actions. Her pathetic excuse for staying away: her presence would distract from rescue and recovery efforts. Trump and Pence went and did not distract anything. Obama did find time to attend a Clinton fund-raiser and also to lecture Louisiana flood victims on not discriminating.
The conduct of Obama and Clinton as leaders can best be described as “Nero Fiddling while Rome Burns.” It can also be called hypocritical, since Obama chided Bush for his fly-over of Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, which became the poster child for official aloofness.
Trump: “We are one nation, and when you hurt, we all hurt. Know that the entire country is praying for you — and stands beside you.”
“We must all work together-to lift each other up.”
Donald Trump just offered to personally donate to those who couldn't afford flood insurance pic.twitter.com/65u1jdzQiq
— Jack Posobiec❌ (@AngryGoTFan) August 19, 2016
New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, no stranger to crisis, said in a press release, “Mr. Trump and Governor Pence have shown true leadership by visiting those devastated by the flooding in Louisiana. By bringing attention and aid to those affected, Mr. Trump has led by example and shown what we have come to expect from our nation’s leaders.”
Gov. Christie said disasters are no place for partisan politics. Though he was criticized for his embrace of Obama post-Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey governor put his people first.
As Milwaukee burned under senseless riots, Trump went there and gave a Presidential speech on restoring law and order.
“There is no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct. Crime and violence is an attack on the poor, and will never be accepted in a Trump Administration.”
He called out Clinton’s pandering to terror groups such as “Black Lives Matter.”
“Those peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society – a narrative supported with a nod by my opponent – share directly in the responsibility for the unrest in Milwaukee, and many other places within our country.”
“They have fostered the dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America. Everytime we rush to judgment with false facts and narratives – whether in Ferguson or in Baltimore – and foment further unrest, we do a direct disservice to poor African-American residents who are hurt by the high crime in their communities.”
“I am running to listen to your voice, to hear your cries for help. The quiet voices in our society, not the loudest demonstrators, need to have their demands heard.”
Trump’s courage was rewarded with a six-fold increase in support among black voters.
In Charlotte, Trump gave what was widely regarded as his best, most Presidential speech ever.
“We cannot make America Great Again if we leave any community behind.”
“Nearly Four in ten African-American children are living in poverty.I will not rest until children of every color in this country are fully included in the American Dream.”
“Jobs, safety, opportunity. Fair and equal representation. This is what I promise to African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and all Americans.”
Trump has always been a doer. He leads by example and is not content to sit in an ivory tower. He was one of the first to hire women for construction jobs in an era when it was unheard of. His Mar a Lago golf club was the first in Palm Beach to admit blacks and Jews. He didn’t talk non-discrimination. He lived it. He’s known for visiting construction sites, speaking with the workers, and truly valuing their opinions. If we elect Trump, we’ll be electing an engaged leader who leads by example and is a doer.