Donald Trump recently announced, through Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, that he would be donating $1 million of his personal money to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.
While this sounds good on paper, one prominent voice is expressing his...err...skepticism about the motives behind Trump's sudden good will.
Author Stephen King, a frequent Trump critic, tweeted on Sunday:
As you might expect, Twitter weighed in, largely in support of King's sentiment.
Not everyone was as skeptical of Trump as King, however.
And this user chose the wrong metaphor in his criticism of King...
...to which this King fan responded...
Despite the announcement of Trump's intention to donate to Harvey relief efforts on Thursday, as of Friday Sanders wasn’t so sure about Trump's plans. She dodged the questions from reporters asking if the money would be “coming from his own money or from the Trump Foundation."
The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, as well as other news publications, found out during the campaign that Trump used his foundation like a personal expense account to pay for expenses like portraits of himself as well as to settle lawsuits.
Trump was also shown to have repeatedly exaggerated his giving.
The death toll for Hurricane Harvey currently stands at seventy, while Hurricane Irma is predicted to cause massive devastation in Florida. Irma has already slammed the Caribbean, reducing some areas to rubble.
Hurricane Harvey moved into Texas as a Category 4 hurricane over the weekend, and has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. Despite being downgraded, Harvey is still the strongest storm to hit the United States since Charley in August 2004 and the most powerful to hit Texas since Hurricane Carla in 1961.
The National Weather Service predicted that as much as 50 inches of rain has fallen in some areas, and at least five deaths have been reported. Perhaps the hardest hit area has been Houston, the most populous city in the state, with millions being affected by flash flooding.
Joel Osteen, head of the Lakewood mega-church in Houston, Texas, also became the focus of the Internet's anger over the past several days. When Hurricane Harvey hit the coast, flooding huge swaths of land and leaving thousands without shelter, Osteen refused to open the doors of his 17,000-seat building.
Osteen then began claiming the church was inaccessible due to flooding, despite pictures people quickly shared on Twitter showing the premises almost completely unharmed. In response to the intense public outcry, Osteen finally bowed to pressure and opened Lakewood to those in need.
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