Saturday, September 30, 2017

Puerto Ricans suffer while Trump plays golf

One thing in life is perfectly predictable. When threatened by facts, criticism, or other points of view, Trump lashes out. He has to. He has to protect his self image. Because everything is about Trump. Even the Puerto Rico disaster.

For the most part, I’m going to let the various broadcast interviews tell the story.

The mayor of Puerto Rico’s largest city, San Juan, pulls no punches when she describes what is needed but has been slow in coming. And she is sharply critical of those in Washington who are touting “good news.” San Juan Mayor EXPLODES at Homeland Security Sec. over Puerto Rico ‘Good News Story’ Relief.

At times she has been almost in tears from frustration with the slow response and inefficiencies in getting aid to people in the smaller towns. San Juan Mayor Cruz: ‘This Is A Big S.O.S. For Anybody Out There’ | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC.

Joy Reid, subbing for Lawrence O’Donnell on The Last Word, contrasts Trump’s view from his golf course with that of the San Juan mayor. President Donald Trump Touts Puerto Rico Response As Mayor Begs For Help | The Last Word | MSNBC

Anderson Cooper interviews the army general who was in command of the Katrina response and who knows what has to be done and fires at the administration for not doing it. Retired General Gets Fired Up Over Puerto Rico Response, Curses Live on CNN: ‘That’s Bullsh*t!’

Of course, the story would not be complete without pushback from the administration. At Fox News, KellyAnn Conway pushes back at criticism of Puerto Rico response, and President Trump slams San Juan mayor, other Puerto Rico leaders: ‘They want everything to be done for them’. Following are snippets from that NY Daily News report.

As Puerto Rico continues to suffer, President Donald Trump criticized the mayor of San Juan and other leaders of the island ravaged by Hurricane Maria

Following a heart-felt plea for aid from officials in Puerto Rico, Trump slammed the “poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico” from his golf course in New Jersey.

WTF? “From his golf course”?

“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,” He wrote.

At least 16 people have died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the Category 4 storm, and residents are still desperately searching for food, water and other supplies 10 days after Maria came ashore.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (star of Hamilton) responded to the President with string of fiery tweets all his own.

“You’re going straight to hell @realDonaldTrump,” he wrote. “No long lines for you. Someone will say, ‘Right this way sir.’ They’ll clear a path.”

The “Hamilton” creator, who has been open with his family’s struggles in Puerto Rico since the storm, defended the the island’s leadership and slammed Trump for golfing instead sorting out additional aid.

“Did you tweet this one from the first hole, 18th hole, or the club?” Miranda tweeted. “Anyway, it’s alie. You’re a congenital liar.”

Trump’s response is easy to understand if you know about his narcissism. If it’s always about him, then he has little use for other people and their plights. Last October, before America f#8ked up and elected him, I posted this report: Donald Trump: “you can’t respect people because most people aren’t worthy of respect”.

And then you can understand what trickles down and infects the entire administration: no respect for the people it is sworn to serve.

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