Days after Presidential Candidate Donald Trump donated $100,000 to storm victims around Baton Rogue and spent 3 hours on the ground touring and meeting with flood survivors in a visit Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards welcomed and later praised, the state is being visited by another presidential candidate today.
Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein arrived in Baton Rouge last night and is spending the day in hard-hit Denham Springs. She is live-streaming her visit this morning on her Facebook page.
The Green Party of Louisiana is facilitating the visit. In a press release this weekend, they write, “…We recognize what was so apparent during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — the unjust reality that those most greatly affected by these disasters are too often the poor and peoples of color. The floods have displaced people of different races, ethnicities, and economic status. In light of the neglect and expulsion of Black residents from New Orleans after Katrina, the flood poses a challenge for relief efforts to show that all lives matter. The recovery will be unfair and uneven if we don’t fight. The Green Party of Louisiana will fight for equitable insurance payouts and assistance for all affected residents and against the vultures of disaster capitalism.”
“For all the strong Louisianans out there, the ones rescuing, volunteering, surviving, and thriving, you represent what it truly means to be human and what it means to be good,” said Simone Crochet, Green Party member and resident of Houma, Louisiana.
According to her campaign, Stein will visit one of the worst-hit areas to help residents gut their house and prevent mold damage. Stein is also scheduled to help a local group, Louisiana Environmental Action Network, deliver supplies to displaced residents.
During a live interview with CNN yesterday, Governor John Bel Edwards said visits and media attention by the likes of Donald Trump and Jill Stein are very much needed, adding that because this wasn’t a named tropical system, it isn’t getting the media attention or much needed relief supplies & donations that named tropical systems typically bring.
“I think … because it helped shine a spotlight on Louisiana and the dire situation that we have here that it (Trump’s visit) was helpful,” Edwards told CNN’s Dana Bash.
Trump’s and Stein’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, has not scheduled a tour yet, but said she has been in touch with Edwards by phone last week and offered her sympathy for the victims.
President Obama is due to visit the disaster area –the largest one in the US since Hurricane Sandy– tomorrow. We will cover that here and in other channels. If Hillary Clinton changes her mind and visits, we will cover that too.
Remember: Louisiana is desperate for help! NOLA.com put together this great list of resources that you can help; we encourage you to visit it and help however you can:
Photo: After landing yesterday, Jill Stein met with these home restoration workers providing disaster relief in Baton Rouge. Credit: Jill Stein