Donald Trump made news as soon as the Republican presidential candidate stepped off of his big Trump plane in Baton Rouge. Donald arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Friday, August 19. Trump was joined by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
However, the guys with guns who emerged first from Trump’s plane after it landed in Baton Rouge are what’s causing a lot of buzz on social media. As seen in the below video from Twitter, Trump’s tour of the flood ravaged Baton Rouge began with men who wore helmets and carried large assault rifles before Trump emerged from his plane.
It’s a video that has been re-tweeted nearly 1,000 times and has received nearly as many likes on Twitter.
These guys stepped off the Trump plane in Baton Rouge ahead of Trump and co. pic.twitter.com/B8qQQrFXDT— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) August 19, 2016
Trump is making big news for making the trip to the flood damaged region. Twitter reports terms like “Trump Baton Rouge” and “Trump plane” and “Trump photo op” as related searches popular in conjunction with Trump’s name on the social media website on Friday.
As reported by Reuters, it was the office of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards that let the public know that Trump didn’t tell their office of his plans to visit Baton Rouge. However, Gov. Edwards said that he hoped Trump wasn’t simply trying to visit Baton Rouge only for a “photo op” to make Trump look altruistic and caring to the flood victims.
Instead, Gov. Edwards said that Trump was welcome to donate a large sum of money to flood victims, or volunteer in some way to help. The governor had already urged political candidates not to make Baton Rouge a stop on their political tour.
As seen in the above photo, Trump’s motorcade drove past heaps of trash on the side of the roads in East Baton Rouge, with the striking disparity capturing the attention of those commenting about the Trump’s Baton Rouge trip on social media. Whether the photos emerging from Trump’s Baton Rouge trip will be akin to George W. Bush’s famous flyover photo of Louisiana, as President Bush looked at the flood-damaged regions of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, President Obama received criticism for golfing with Larry David instead of visiting Baton Rouge, as reported by the Daily Mail. Whereas certain Baton Rouge residents urged Mr. Obama to visit Louisiana — Gov. Edwards advised President Obama to wait a few weeks prior to making his visit, so as not to mess up recovery efforts.
Trump, meanwhile, forged ahead. Trump was headed to Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in East Baton Rouge Parish. Trump told supporters in Baton Rouge that they would be fine as they sought selfies with Trump and Trump’s autograph.
“We welcome him to (Louisiana), but not for a photo op. Instead we hope he’ll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of this storm.”
Trump can be seen in the above photo, wearing his white baseball cap.
Trump spoke with Principal Kelly Jones, dressed in the purple shirt, as Gov. Pence looked around the flooded gym in Denham Springs High School.
Trump and Pence can also be seen touring the flood damaged house of Jimmy and Olive Gordan in the above photo. Approximately 40,000 homes were damaged in the floods.
Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state in which at least 13 people lost their lives in the unprecedented flooding.
Trump can be seen in the above photo shaking hands with Louisiana officials, like Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, soon after Trump arrived in Baton Rouge.
[Photo by Max Becherer/AP Images]