Watching Friday night’s Almanac Roundtable verified for the zillionth time that their panelists consistently have an anti-Trump bias. This week’s panelists were Larry Jacobs, Kathryn Pearson and David Schultz. One of the first questions was about whether the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Harvey would sink the Trump administration. Each of the panelists approached the question from the standpoint that Trump would screw things up, thereby effectively ending his time in office.

Though I’m not totally surprised by their answers, I was astonished by the appearance that they didn’t even consider the possibility that the Trump administration would get the important things right. As I wrote in this post, “states that come through hurricanes with a minimal amount of physical damage and/or casualties do so because sheriffs and governors have handled their responsibilities without incident. The federal government is there to help when called upon.”

In this instance, Gov. Abbott said that his team had been interacting smoothly with the Trump administration and that he didn’t expect any difficulties from a logistical standpoint. This USAToday article indicates that Gov. Abbott and President Trump have worked successfully together:

How has the federal government responded?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration in response to the hurricane. In advance of the storm, Abbott declared a state of disaster for 30 counties.

Almost 233,000 homes on the Texas coast are at risk, with a potential reconstruction bill of almost $40 billion, according to CoreLogic, a company that conducts global property analysis.

Abbott warned of record-setting flooding in multiple regions of the state and urged people to get out of harm’s way. “You don’t want to put yourself in a situation where you could be subject to a search and rescue.” Early Saturday morning, President Trump said on Twitter his office would “remain fully engaged w/ open lines of communication.” Trump also tweeted that he was in contact with the governors of Texas and Louisiana. “I have spoken w/ @GovAbbot of Texas and @LouisianaGov Edwards. Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey developments & here to assist as needed,” Trump’s tweet read.

In other words, Professors Jacobs, Pearson and especially Schultz didn’t know what they were talking about. As usual, Schultz spoke from a theoretical perspective, not a reality-based perspective. It isn’t a stretch to think that that’s because he was wishing President Trump would fail. It’s equally fair to say that Prof. Schultz just didn’t know what he was talking about. Here’s a report from Gov. Abbott himself:

That isn’t theoretical. That’s coming from the man charged with maintaining order. It’s apparent that the decisions that Gov. Abbott made have put have given Texans the information they needed to survive. It’s equally apparent that the disaster declaration signed by President Trump has given FEMA permission to help Texans.

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