Donald Trump told a victim of Hurricane Florence that the victim “got a nice boat out of the deal” in reference to a large yacht that had washed ashore during the storm.
While touring an area in North Carolina hit by the storm, Trump asked a man if a boat that was shipwrecked behind his house belonged to him.
“At least you got a nice boat out of the deal,” Trump said when the man replied that the boat wasn’t his.
Trump to a homeowner in New Bern, NC, who had a yacht wash up in his backyard: “At least you got a nice boat out of the deal.” pic.twitter.com/twtT3it8ul
— Mark Landler (@MarkLandler) September 19, 2018
Trump added that he thought the boat was “incredible” and suggested that under law it might now belong to the owners of the home.
“They don’t know whose boat that is,” he said. “What’s the law? Maybe it becomes theirs.”
“They don’t know whose boat that is,” Trump tells us, in the backyard of a house where a boat was washed ashore in flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.
“What’s the law? Maybe it becomes theirs.” pic.twitter.com/LOQMAgDJjF
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) September 19, 2018
Trump made the comments while visiting New Bern, N.C, a town that was hit hard by Florence when it made landfall late last week.
More than 30 people have died from Florence, which was downgraded to a tropical depression since making landfall. The storm caused lengthy power outages and severe flooding in parts of North Carolina and South Carolina after dumping significant rain on the two states. Florence has also impacted Virginia.
Twitter wasn’t impressed:
His attempts at humor are horrible and inappropriate
— JN (@ML77) September 19, 2018
For such a negative guy, he always manages to find the bright side. Like how 9/11 made his building the tallest.
— hella tidy (@sarahgayle695) September 19, 2018
How long before he concludes the biggest victim of Hurricane Florence is himself?
— Kim Norviel (@Kimmer4444) September 19, 2018
.@GOP Finders keepers! Trump encourages people to steal from their neighbors. Nice.
— Elizabeth Denham (@LittleGreenHero) September 19, 2018
So when a dead body floats in someone in their yard , do they have to bury them ? Will a new damaged boat replace family heirlooms and cherished photos ? What a jerk.
— dont hug me bro (@rizsrug216) September 19, 2018