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The 5 Worst Reactions to Sandy

Disasters very often bring out the best neighborly instincts in people, but they also bring out some terrible comments and reactions.
 
 
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Disasters very often draw out the kindest and most generous neighborly instincts in people, but the doses of pathos and reality that these crises bring to the fore can also make some ideologues and plutocrats a little uncomfortable. Here is AlterNet’s roundup of the worst comments and reactions in the wake of Sandy’s devastation.

1. Tucker Carlson makes fun of Obama for “not keeping the oceans from rising.”

Carlson was in classic blowhard formthis week as he echoed a poor-taste Mitt Romney joke, saying, “one of these candidates did promise to lower the level of the oceans and obviously that didn’t work.” He concluded that the storm would help Romney because “things are amiss in America.” Romney’s original joke, you know: “President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans — [pauses for audience laughter(!)] — and to heal the planet. MY promise is to help you and your family.” Romney's crude witticism the only mention of climate change in Tampa. To be honest, there were few mentions of it in Charlotte, either. But only one party even acknowledges the changing reality of the world we live in.

So let’s let Bill Clinton handle this one with his recent words directed at Romney’s ridicule, not Carlson’s but equally appropriate:

He ridiculed the president. Ridiculed the president for his efforts to fight global warming in economically beneficial ways. He said, ‘Oh, you’re going to turn back the seas.’ In my part of America, we would like it if someone could’ve done that yesterday. All up and down the East Coast, there are mayors, many of them Republicans, who are being told, ‘You’ve got to move these houses back away from the ocean. You’ve got to lift them up. Climate change is going to raise the water levels on a permanent basis. If you want your town insured, you have to do this.’ In the real world, Barack Obama’s policies work better.

2. Romney’s embarrassing, out-of-touch Red Cross event botch.

Sure, all efforts to help storm victims are, well, helpful. But Mitt Romney’s weird storm relief slash campaign rally event was typically removed from reality-- for several reasons. First, his donations to the Red Cross were not what that organization typically accepts, nor were they planned-for by the Red Cross. Secondly,  as Buzzfeed reported, his staff even went to Wal-Mart of all places to buy extra supplies which would make sure the photo op looked good. Awkward:

But the last-minute nature of the call for donations left some in the campaign concerned that they would end up with an empty truck. So the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal-Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in, according to one staffer. (The campaign confirmed that it "did donate supplies to the relief effort," but would not specify how much it spent.)

Third and finally, as we reported ], was the candidate’s repeated dodging of reporters' questions about his previous stance on FEMA (the stance was to get rid of it, essentially).

3.  Conservative pastor blames the storm on same-sex marriage.

It’s almost like clockwork these days: as soon as a natural disaster hits, you can just about count on some opportunist preacher blaming it on gay people. The Edge in Boston reports that conservative Christian pastor John McTernan wrote a blog post blaming Sandy on gay Americans, with some bonus crazy-talk about the Muslim Brotherhood and Israel:

 
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