In the wake of Hurricane Laura’s landfall last month, President Donald Trump traveled to Louisiana to meet with local officials.
As Blaze TV reported, a video clip from that visit reveals a candid interaction between the president and first responders — and he was reportedly caught on a hot mic agreeing to sign some autographs.
According to the video, Trump asked for some paper and a pen, signing his name on multiple sheets he then handed out to those assembled nearby.
“These are the guys”
“Come here, pal,” Trump said to a man in uniform in the clip, according to Blaze TV. “I want a little power. I want them over here — these are the guys.”
The video was filmed during a Federal Emergency Management Agency briefing in Lake Charles, a community that sustained significant hurricane damage, according to the Daily Mail. The president carried on a conversation with the attendees, including his repeated quip that the first responders turn his autograph into an easy payday — especially since he did not write their names on the pieces of blank paper.
“Here, sell this tonight on eBay,” he told the first recipient. “You’ll get $10,000.”
“Give me another one”
He held up a second autograph and, when an interested individual approached to take it, told him that he should also sell it online. Though the act earned some backlash by some in the media who felt it was inappropriate, those present appear happy and engaged throughout the clip.
“Give me a piece of paper,” the president said as he continued to sign and pass out autographs. “If I put your name down, it loses value. So just sell it tonight on eBay. Give me another one.”
In addition to the signing spree, Trump expressed gratitude to those surrounding him — including the sheriff of a local parish with a population that overwhelmingly supported the president’s 2016 campaign. He was also greeted by a supporter who said that he “changed to Republican” in order to cast a vote for him.
“Thank you for being here and God bless you,” one man said before Trump left. “We’re with you.”
While his critics continue their attempt to portray him as both incompetent and corrupt, moments like this one should be enough to allow most voters to see through the partisan rhetoric.