Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Kim Campbell apologizes for offensive Trump hurricane tweet

Former Canadian PM Hopes Hurricane Dorian Destroys Mar-a-Lago Source AP
Sandy Nunez | 31 August, 2019, 02:10

"I'm rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!".

Mar-a-Lago is a busy Florida resort, located in Palm Beach and owned by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Canada's former prime minister, Kim Campbell, found herself in hot water after wishing in a tweet that Hurricane Dorian would make a "direct hit" on President Trump's Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, prompting a swift retraction.

Later that same night, Campbell quote tweeted another tweet about the intensity of the storm, saying, "Well, we will see if Mrs".

"Trump's indifference to suffering is intolerable", she wrote.

"I have deleted my tweet about the hurricane and Mar-a-Lago and sincerely apologize to all it offended", she wrote. "There are real people who live and work there". "It was intended as sarcasm- not a serious wish of harm". "Instead, he will remove limits on methane!" Throwaway lines get a life of their own on Twitter. "I shd (should) know better".

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Following the tweet, Campbell received widespread criticism online.

Despite the overwhelmingly negative reaction to Campbell's tweets, there were a number of people who thought the ex-prime minister's comments were justified, particularly as the Trump administration continues to deny climate change.

Trump, who will be in Washington, D.C., at Camp David during Dorian's scheduled landfall, hasn't responded to Campbell's tweet. In January 2019, Campbell * a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/01/06/kim-campbell-donald-trump_a_23635186/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:called Trump a "motherf***er" in a tweet" class="link rapid-noclick-resp" *called Trump a "motherf***er" in a tweet, which was later deleted.

Forecasts project Dorian to gain speed and size before hitting the coast.

Hurricane Dorian - now a Category 2 storm - is strengthening and slowly working its way to Flordia's east coast, with almost the entire state within the cone of uncertainty. But not everyone can have the protection of a fortress like Mar a Lago, built to be hurricane-proof!

Trump has declared a state of emergency in Florida and authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to co-ordinate disaster-relief efforts.