2018-09-13 15:42:00 UTC
On any given day, the president of the United States is liable to tweet
nonsense. That isnt an opinion; its a fair assessment of what the president
tweets: a mix of hyperbole, self-congratulation, bullying, and on more than one
occasion, outright lies.
Today was one of those outright lie days. And its disgusting.
On Thursday morning, as Hurricane Florence continues her path toward the
Carolinasand his approval numbers continue to dipDonald Trump tweeted about
Hurricane María, the storm that devastated the island of Puerto Rico nearly a
year ago. According to several studies, thousands of people died as a result of
the hurricanethe most recent, commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, pegs
the number at nearly 3,000.
Trump says this is a lie.
Donald J. Trump
3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left
the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As
time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to
report really large numbers, like 3000...
5:37 AM - Sep 13, 2018
Thats because thats what collecting data after a natural disaster looks like;
especially on an island where a lack of power and devastated infrastructure made
it difficult to distribute supplies, register aid, and check on vulnerable
It would be disgusting enough for the president of the United States to dispute
these numbers, which have been compiled with great care and diligence. But Trump
then did a spectacular job (as he often does) of throwing shit grenades into an
already raging dumpster fire, turning a tragedy into a conspiracy theory by
blaming the high death toll on the Democrats.
This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when
I was successfully raising billions of dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a
person died for any reason, like old age, just add them to the list, Trump
continued. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!