The compassion-less Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump, amid appeals from Puerto Rican authorities for federal aid wanted to make sure Puerto Ricans knew what he thought of them. Versus letting them know he was thinking of them in their hour of need.
So this morning utilizing his own nuclear weapon – Twitter - he informed Carman Yulin Cruz, mayor of San Juan, and the Puerto Rican people through 12 tweets starting at 8 a.m., that they are: lazy, nasty and unprofessional. Specifically Trump chided Cruz.
“Such poor leadership by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are unable to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them, when it should be a community effort.”
Who exactly is “they” or “them” it is “us” at least as of 1917 – when all Puerto Ricans were granted irrevocable citizenship in light of the island’s status as a US territory.
And in case Puerto Ricans didn’t know where they stood with the president today they only needed to recall a tweet made right after Hurricane Maria made landfall. A tweet in which the president reminded Puerto Rico of their precarious financial situation which is a Trump scarlet letter apparently making them less worthy of federal aid and human compassion.
“Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” the president tweeted. “Its old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars…owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.”
What prompted this backlash against 3 million people already suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria – a category 4 storm – that had wiped out the island’s infrastructure, farmlands, and power gird?
Was it that yesterday Cruz openly challenged the White House’s perception of the recovery efforts – labeled as good news. The “nasty” Cruz as described by Trump in another tweet noted: “When you’re drinking from a creek, it’s not a good news story. When you don’t have food for a baby, it’s not a good news story.”
Or is it not merely Cruz’ perceived insults to the infamously thin-skinned president - is it that she’s a woman he can’t control, is it that the majority of island residents are brown or worse Latinos?
Anyone in possession of common sense and human compassion is aware that Puerto Rican’s aren’t able to help themselves, not because they are lazy but because they CAN’T. With only 5 percent of power restored on the island, with a 10-hour average wait for gas (if you can get it) and with remote areas outside of San Juan without food or water - how can they?
Several Puerto Rican super stars best summarized most people’s thinking of Trump’s tweets:
Marc Anthony: “Shut the Fuck Up”
Lin Manuel Miranda: “You’re going straight to hell!”
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