Donald Trump held a joint press conference on Monday. When he was asked about the pardoning of Arpaio Trump responded by blaming hurricane Harvey as the culprit for the low ratings.
“In the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally,” Trump said. “You know, the hurricane was just starting.”
Trump’s heartless comments were met with criticism from Twitter users.
Here’s what some of them had to say:
Who cares about people dying in a hurricane when there’s ratings? pic.twitter.com/Iq3EAeQOY5
— jordan 🌹🌹 (@JordanUhl) August 28, 2017
Trump really is the pure spirit of Television Past: cares ONLY about ratings and votes, conflates them entirely with value, dead to meaning.
— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) August 28, 2017
Isn't anybody in GOP getting tired of being disgusted with DT? Using ratings of catastrophic tragedy to promote a racist. WTF! WTF! WTF!!!
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) August 28, 2017
We care more about the lives of those threatened by Hurricane Harvey than TV ratings.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) August 28, 2017
POTUS admits pardoning (a racist) Arpaio during the Hurricane for ratings. RATINGS. People have died, millions are still at risk. Monster.
— Michael Urie (@michaelurie) August 28, 2017
Trump says he chose hurricane time to pardon a sadistic sheriff who ran concentration camps because the ratings would be high
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) August 28, 2017
Did the President say he pardoned Arpaio on a Friday night because he thought that ratings would be higher during the hurricane?
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 28, 2017
Our President has lost his mind: He literally said he pardoned Arpaio because he though he would have higher "ratings"
— Pesach 'Pace' Lattin (@pacelattin) August 28, 2017
Trump just said he factored in notion that the "ratings would be higher" if he announced the Sheriff Joe pardon as hurricane barreled in.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 28, 2017