With Hurricane Dorian set to bear down on the Southeastern region, Fox News promoted an important message Wednesday morning: Any failures of disaster response are not President Donald Trump’s fault — they’re on the local authorities, instead.
Karl Rove, who served as senior policy adviser and deputy chief of staff under President George W. Bush during Hurricane Katrina, appeared on Fox & Friends, where he and co-host Brian Kilmeade played a preemptive defense for the Trump administration. Both Rove and Kilmeade declared that even back in 2005, it was the state and local officials who deserved the blame for the failures during Hurricane Katrina, and they decried the idea that people today might hang any potential problems in response to Dorian onto Trump.
Hurricane Katrina was a pivotal moment in the political arc of the Bush presidency, with failures at both the federal and local levels causing a plunge in Bush's approval rating. Indeed, commentators on the right have tried ever since to rewrite the perceptions of what happened, or sought to frame some moment during the Obama years as “Obama's Katrina.” (Plus, there are the people out there who seem to think that Barack Obama was responsible for the problems during Katrina relief efforts — even though he wasn’t president yet.)