Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell stirred controversy after she expressed hope that Hurricane Dorian would batter President Donald Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, next week.
Dorian is forecast to make landfall Monday, as a potentially devastating Category 4 storm, somewhere between southern Georgia and the Florida Keys.
Campbell tweeted Wednesday she was “rooting for a direct hit” on the venue.
I’m rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago! https://t.co/cA14KQvjpC
— Kim Campbell (@AKimCampbell) August 28, 2019
The comment drew immediate backlash.
But when someone pointed out “there are real people who live and work there,” Campbell explained the tweet as “snark” and responded with criticism of the Trump administration’s anti-environment agenda:
As there are in Puerto Rico- sorry you don’t get snark- but Trump’s indifference to suffering is intolerable! Wd also help if he tackled climate change which is making hurricanes more destructive! Instead, he will remove limits on methane! Get a grip!
— Kim Campbell (@AKimCampbell) August 29, 2019
Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, joined in with the criticism:
Our family is rooting for the safety of millions of homes, businesses, families and wonderful people in a great State of Florida. #Classless Former Canadian prime minister roots for Dorian to hit Mar-a-Lago https://t.co/LxV77OZ82p
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) August 30, 2019
Campbell — whose tenure as Canada’s first female prime minister in 1993 lasted just four months — has a history of criticizing Trump, whom she has previously called a “motherfucker” and a “sexual predator.”
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