“Dukes of Hazzard” star John Scheider appreciates all the awareness politicians are bringing to the devastating flooding in Louisiana.
On Monday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a statement saying she will, in fact, travel to Louisiana to view the devastation caused by recent flooding “at a time when the presence of a political campaign will not disrupt the response.”
But before Clinton and President Barack Obama announced their trips, critics accused them of ignoring the flooding disaster — which left 13 dead and over 40,000 displaced from their homes — comparing their response with Trump’s quick decision to make a trip to Louisiana.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards responded to critics of Obama, and by association Clinton. He explained that it would be better for the President to visit later on, once relief efforts had progressed, because the security and logistical demands of a presidential visit would have taken away resources.
We spoke with John Schneider, whose home and movie studio near Baton Route were damaged by 3 feet of floodwaters and he agreed. “When the President shows up anywhere, it’s a circus,” Schneider said. “It’s a distraction at this point and one of the things we do not need down here right now is a distraction. So I actually applaud him. There wasn’t anything he could do anyway.”
While Schneider believes visits from high profile people during a disaster situation can make things even more chaotic, he thinks Hillary Clinton should still make the trip.
"There's a difference between people who are president and people who are running for president," said Schneider. "It would have been nice for her to have come down, made a very brief statement, and then left. Especially in light of the fact that Donald Trump came down."
Schneider went on to say, "But I do agree with her that that would be a distraction as well."
Governor Edwards, a Democrat, admitted that Trump's visit was "helpful" in raising awareness of the natural disaster. When we asked Schneider about Trump's visit, he shared similar words of appreciation.
"It was a nice show that he's paying attention. He came, he saw, he left."
As for what Louisiana needs the most right now, Schneider says manpower.
"You could roll in wheel barrows full of cash and it won't make bringing your refrigerator and your dresser to the curb any easier. What we need down here more than anything is manpower."