No, Donald Trump Doesn’t Get a ’10’ For Puerto Rico: Here’s the Reason Why
Donald Trump has never been shy about voicing his opinion, even when that opinion is sometimes unkind, uncouth, unintelligent, or untrue. Since becoming the president of the United States, none of that has changed. In fact, Trump’s lies now are a much bigger deal than before, considering that he’s the most powerful man in the free world.
But this isn’t simply about lies. Trump has had to deal with some major disasters in recent months, first with Hurricane Harvey in Texas, then Hurricane Irma in Florida, and now Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Interestingly, the reaction from President Trump for Puerto Rico often didn’t match with statements made regarding sending help to Texas and Florida. We dug in and found the dumbest things Trump has said in the aftermath of the tragedy in Puerto Rico.
‘Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan’
Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help.
This came via Twitter. Trump tweeted on Sept. 30 about San Juan Major Carmen Yulín Cruz and her “poor leadership ability” in reaction to an interview that Cruz did on MSNBC just the night before. When told of an individual in the Trump administration that referred to Puerto Rico as a “good-news story,” Cruz didn’t hold back.
“People are dying in this country,” Cruz said. “I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us, to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy.”
She was right, though. People were dying, without food, clean water, or electricity. Trump’s reaction was petty and not in any way helpful to the Americans in Puerto Rico.
‘A real catastrophe like Katrina’
Every death is a horror. But if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with, really, a storm that was just totally overpowering — nobody has ever seen anything like this.
At the time, 16 people had been killed in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and countless left without the basic means of life. In short, the entire island was devastated. But Trump took this moment to compare the death counts with that of Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans back in 2005.
Even though his claim that thousands died in Katrina is technically false, just over 1,800 did lose their lives in that tragic event. And certainly, the (now) 49 confirmed deaths in Puerto Rico pale in comparison to 1,800. But saying that what has happened to millions of people on the island over the last few weeks wasn’t a “real catastrophe” is, well, insulting and offensive.
‘You’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack’
I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack, because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico.
After arriving in Puerto Rico, Trump first spent some time shooting paper towels basketball-style into a group of people. When that no longer held his attention, he sat down to speak in an official capacity. One of the things he came up with? Mentioning that Puerto Rico had thrown the United States budget out of whack because of all they were spending on relief.
No one can confirm, but our guess is that few Puerto Ricans truly feel guilt over this. What was the purpose of this statement? To elicit extra gratitude? Was Trump attempting to share the burden that he felt with the people of Puerto Rico so that they could empathize with his problems? It makes you wonder why he never made any statements like this to the people of Texas or Florida.
‘They want everything to be done for them’
They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.
In part of his Sept. 30 Tweet-storm after Mayor Cruz called out his administration, Trump said that the people of Puerto Rico “want everything to be done for them.” It’s difficult to use phrases like “a new low” with Donald Trump, given that the bar is constantly moving. But shaming victims of a Category 5 hurricane — much less ones that were left without water and electricity — has to be a new low.
Again, it’s not like Trump was saying these things about Texas and Florida. Given his track record of saying nasty things about Latinos, it’s not a stretch to assume that Trump’s commentary about Puerto Ricans wanting everything to be done for them is code for calling the brown people lazy.
‘You must be nasty to Trump’
The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.
Again, these comments are from Trump’s Twitter ranting on Sept. 30. If you can believe it, that was a Saturday. Didn’t he have some important golf course to be at? Anyway, Trump again attacked Mayor Cruz’s comments about people dying, and the desperation that they felt. Because everything is extremely personal for Trump, he turned this on the evil Democrats.
It couldn’t possibly be that the people truly are in desperate need of help, and that referring to their situation as a “good-news story” wasn’t the best idea, right? These comments are just another unfortunate example that Trump cannot stand any sort of criticism, and that he would rather be obstinate and watch people suffer than truly provide help.
‘A lot of people … don’t want the Jones Act lifted’
But we have a lot of shippers and … a lot of people who work in the shipping industry that don’t want the Jones Act lifted. And we have a lot of ships out there right now.
Eventually, President Trump did waive the Jones Act to get more help to Puerto Rico. But the fact that he made a statement implying that he may not waive it was absurd and borderline abusive. If you’re unfamiliar, here is what the Jones Act is about:
The Jones Act requires all goods shipped between U.S. ports to be transported by U.S. vessels (and operated primarily by Americans).
As if we needed more evidence of Trump being unfair to Puerto Rico, the Jones Act was suspended without so much as a debate for Texas following Harvey and for Florida following Irma. The fact that he would come out and make a statement regarding the shipping industries feelings just weeks later with Puerto Rico makes us wonder if Trump even knew at the time that the island is a part of the United States.
‘That’s an expensive plane you can’t see’
It’s hard to fight a plane you can’t see. But that’s an expensive plane you can’t see. And as you probably heard, we cut the price quite substantially. Something that other administrations never have done, that I can tell you.
No, this wasn’t a mistake. It’s actually something that Donald Trump said when speaking in Puerto Rico. After briefly mistaking an Air Force representative for a member of the Coast Guard, Trump brought up the F-35 fighter jet. In his rambling, he talked about how you can’t see it and how it’s so expensive — but not too expensive, you see, because they got a great deal. A way better deal than any other president would’ve gotten!
This, along with every other time Trump has opened his mouth without a teleprompter to read from, just further proves that he has absolutely no idea what he’s doing. As long as Donald Trump is in office, he’ll continue to embarrassingly represent the United States with his idiotic statements.
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