By Craig Hardegree | 

Superstorm Sandy was the largest Atlantic tropical storm in US history and the second-costliest storm in US history, second only to Hurricane Katrina. It made landfall in New Jersey and New York a week before the 2012 presidential election.

As a New York resident, billionaire and owner of buildings and towers, Donald J. Trump was particularly well-positioned to rise to the occasion and provide selfless leadership in alleviating the suffering of others.

But Trump had other interests. Since flirting with the idea of running for president in 2012, Trump had assumed the role of Birther-in-Chief, “investigating” President Obama’s place of birth.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
As the storm gathers in the Caribbean and the US braces for an eventual hit, Tump uploads a video to his YouTube account promising to donate $5 million to a charity of President Obama’s choosing if President Obama will release his college application and passport application by 5:00 p.m. on Halloween.

Monday, October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy ravages New Jersey and New York. President Obama declares disaster areas in New Jersey and New York.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The 2012 presidential election is one week away.

10:05 AM
Trump tweets his perception that the hurricane is a lucky occurrence for President Obama, with the election only days away. Trump innately knows President Obama will handle the crisis with such skill that his stock will rise with voters; otherwise, Trump wouldn’t think a hurricane would be “good luck” for a president, considering the well-known cratering of Bush’s presidency following Hurricane Katrina.

Instead of being grateful for the disaster-relief funds President Obama has made available to the suffering people of his state, Trump says President Obama is “buying the election.”


10:06 AM
Trump lambasts President Obama for visiting the flooded areas.


10:08 AM
Still unable to rise to the occasion, Trump continues his Birther-in-Chief silliness, extending the deadline on his offer to pay $5 million for a peek at President Obama’s college and passport applications.


11:21 AM
As 64 New Yorkers lay dead; as more than 100 homes lay in charred ruins in the Queens neighborhood of Breezy Point — a city built in the 1900s by firefighters; as 260 patients were being carried down as many as 15 flights of stairs after NYU Langone Medical Center’s backup generator failed; as millions of New Yorkers were without power; as 11,000 people shivered under Red Cross blankets in makeshift shelters…Donald J. Trump braggingly posts a pic of “people having a great time” in the opulent lighted and heated atrium of Trump Tower.


11:22 AM
Trump tweets about the “great time” people are having in Trump Tower.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012
President Obama tours damage with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who had excoriated President Obama as being a “weak leader,” only weeks earlier when he delivered the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention. Christie now puts politics aside and praises President Obama’s leadership.

Obama after Superstorm Sandy
“The President and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talk with local residents affected by Hurricane Sandy at the Brigantine Beach Community Center in Brigantine, N.J.” October 31, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

November 6, 2012
President Obama wins an electoral landslide against Mitt Romney.

November 7, 2012
Conservatives blame Governor Christie for Romney’s loss.

December 28, 2012
Democratic-controlled Senate passes desperately-needed additional disaster-relief funds. Republican-controlled House adjourns without voting on the matter.

January 29, 2013
President Obama signs the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act after it finally passes congress with 179 Republicans, including Paul Ryan, still voting against it.

August 19, 2016
Four years later, Trump would travel to flood-ravaged areas of Louisiana and spend 49 seconds helping unload a truck.

No one would “fall for it.”


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