Stephen Colbert Caught in False Claim About Trump's Visit with Harvey Victims

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September 06, 2017Sep 06, 2017

Stephen Colbert, the host of the "Late Show," criticized President Donald Trump's response to Hurricane Harvey during his Tuesday night monologue, in which he falsely claimed that Trump hadn't met with a single victim of the storm during his visits. Colbert's statement was, unsurprisingly, not found to be true, despite the claim being made throughout media reports and probably being believed to this very day by many viewers of the mainstream news media. 

Quoting a report from Politico dating back to August 29, Colbert remarked that "It was a presidential trip to a deluged state where the president didn’t meet a single storm victim, see an inch of rain or get near a flooded street."

One conservative website, however, has pointed out that Colbert's remarks, coming from the Politico story, refer to Trump's first visit to Texas on August 29. President Trump did however conduct a briefing on the storm at the Annaville Fire Department as hundreds of Texans chanted "Texas strong!" and "We love Trump!" 

It was also widely acknowledged — with picture evidence — that President Trump met with families impacted. Here is a picture of President Trump meeting with a family and their kids. 

Of course, Colbert's remarks also leave out the trip taken by Vice President Mike Pence, who prayed alongside Franklin Graham for the healing and wellbeing of the victims and their families. Pence's wife also led the nation in prayer, and asked for the quick recovery of the region and for blessings upon victims and their families. Not only did Pence meet with victims, but he also rolled up his sleeves and began to clear away wreckage. At the very least, Pence's actions reflect positively on the Trump administration, and demonstrate solidarity with the victims of the hurricane. 

Colbert made headlines earlier this year after he made some profane comments about President Trump. Yet despite his criticisms of Trump, his show seems to be rating very well, surpassing his competition such as Jimmy Fallon. Lastly, President Trump is giving $1 million dollars of his own money for the recovery effort. Here's where all that money is going.  

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