Trump’s ability to be presidential, provide healing to divided America on full display in Texas

Trump’s ability to be presidential, provide healing to divided America on full display in Texas
President Donald Trump's critics said he wasn't empathetic enough during his first trip to hurricane ravaged Texas. On Saturday, he proved them wrong. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump made their second visit to areas of Texas and Louisiana ravaged by Hurricane Harvey in just four days on Saturday.

Trump was criticized for seemingly not appearing presidential during his first trip on Tuesday, but his visit on Saturday couldn’t have been more different.

Kissing babies

Making landfall late last Friday as a powerful category 4 hurricane, Harvey brought absolute devastation to southeast Texas with winds of 130 mph and feet of rainfall. The historic storm has left tends of thousands in temporary shelters. Trump visited one of those shelters on Saturday, the NRG stadium in Houston.

While there, Trump kissed small children, distributed food, talked to storm survivors and just generally mingled with the people. And of course, he and Melania took plenty of selfies.

Then there was a viral picture and video of Trump embracing a young black girl.

Two storm survivors who were reportedly not Trump supporters before the hurricane told a local reporter they now support the president after meeting him on Saturday.

Trump also gave an uplifting speech, where he praised the Texas spirit:

“A remarkably different president”

MSNBC anchor Alex Witt narrated her network’s coverage of Trump’s Texas visit and gushed over Trump’s “soft side,” according to Mediaite.

She said on air: “I’ve got to tell you, we’re seeing a remarkably different President than we have seen in the past. I mean, we have seen him with his grandchildren, and he walks hand in hand with them, deplaning Air Force One, or seeing them perhaps on the balcony at the White House, and we know that he is a doting grandfather in that regard.”

“This is a much different president,” she said. “He is definitely showing a much softer side to his persona after being criticized earlier this week for not reaching out to individuals and showing enough empathy.”

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