Puerto Rico was a Disaster. Washington Still Is.

Republicans are so eager to pretend that Trump can make no mistakes that they’re ignoring life-and-death lessons from Hurricane Maria.

❝ There’s a new official death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and it’s ugly: The island now estimates that 2,975 people died. Donald Trump, however, is still telling everyone his administration did a “fantastic job” and making excuses for the things that did go wrong, which he somehow also doesn’t acknowledge.

And Congress? They don’t seem very interested in the subject.

❝ The thing is: We really don’t know how the response went so wrong. It’s fairly clear that Trump didn’t do his job very well; he didn’t push the bureaucracy to make Puerto Rico relief a high priority, which is something presidents can really do to affect overall government response.

But beyond that, a year later, no one really knows how much of the disaster was the responsibility of the president; how much the responsibility of FEMA; how much was Puerto Rican officials; and how much was other parts of the federal government. Nor do we know how much was simply the inherent difficulty of emergency operations on the island.

❝ The continuing deliberate ignorance is a disaster in itself. It’s one thing for government operations to go wrong; it’s another for the incumbent party to falsely claim that everything is just peachy keen.

There is nothing new about the Republican Party ignoring the plight of folks who mostly vote Democrat. Throw in the fact they speak Spanish – the language at the top of the list of “furriners it’s OK to treat like dirt” – you have a perfect form for ignoring a chunk of Americans and their difficulties.

An investigation might provoke change. More likely, Trumpkins would rather wait till someone “important” is crapped on by Mother Nature. Like a clot of lower middle-class racists in some gerrymandered Confederate suburb.

7 thoughts on “Puerto Rico was a Disaster. Washington Still Is.

  1. Whistling in the wind says:

    “Trump Calls Storm Response in Puerto Rico, Where 3,000 Died, ‘One of the Best’” (NYT 9/11/18) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/us/trump-puerto-rico-maria-response.html
    “Trump gives himself ‘A pluses’ on ‘hurricane work,’ blames Maria on San Juan mayor” (USA TODAY 9/12/18) https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/09/12/trump-blames-hurricane-maria-incompetent-mayor-san-juan/1276670002/
    See also “Trump administration took nearly $10 million from FEMA’s budget to support ICE, documents show” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/11/femas-budget-cut-10-million-support-ice-documents-show/1274723002/
    ‘Worst-case scenario’ hurricane simulation alarmingly similar to Florence forecast (NY Post 9/12/18) https://nypost.com/2018/09/12/worst-case-scenario-hurricane-simulation-alarmingly-similar-to-florence-forecast/ …some experts are concerned that Hurricane Florence could produce a disaster comparable to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and in a part of the country that is famously difficult to evacuate.

    • ¡Híjole! says:

      “Massive stockpile of bottled water found in Puerto Rico a year after Maria” (New York Post 9/12/18) The president raised eyebrows Tuesday when he touted the response efforts in a meeting to go over preparations for the potentially devastating Hurricane Florence inching toward the Carolinas. “The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did, working along with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous. I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success,” he had said. The death toll in Hurricane Maria is estimated to be nearly 3,000, a steep increase from the initial 64.” (2,996 people were killed during the September 11 attacks of 2001)

  2. heatherjo86 says:

    It’s so sad that our current leader is oblivious to the suffering of others. I look forward to God’s Kingdom when we will see an end to human suffering (Revelation 21:3,4). Until then, I pray the victims of these tragedies gain the strength they need to endure.

  3. 4theRecord says:

    President Donald Trump falsely claimed credit for rescuing Puerto Rico on Thursday, after signing a bipartisan disaster relief bill passed by Congress earlier in the week, a version of which he tried to reject previously. https://thinkprogress.org/trump-takes-credit-for-puerto-rico-emergency-aid-he-fought-for-weeks-4de6ed0c22b9/ After weeks of working to stop aid to the U.S. territory, which was devastated by multiple hurricanes two years ago, Trump finally agreed to sign the deal after bipartisan congressional leaders reached an agreement to move the legislation with or without his support.
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 11:06 AM – 6 Jun 2019 “Just signed Disaster Aid Bill to help Americans who have been hit by recent catastrophic storms. So important for our GREAT American farmers and ranchers. Help for GA, FL, IA, NE, NC, and CA. Puerto Rico should love President Trump. Without me, they would have been shut out!”
    Meanwhile: “The president’s proposed budget for 2020 makes more than $75,000,000 in cuts to the National Weather Service that, if passed, could adversely affect the agency’s ability to keep the public safe during severe weather.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/dennismersereau/2019/03/31/the-presidents-proposed-budget-would-fire-hundreds-of-meteorologists-and-slash-tornado-research/#41abfeb43f1b

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