San Juan Puerto Rico’s mayor, pictured above with Anderson Cooper, had the time to think up a slogan and get a nice new T-shirt printed up, but the real organizing seems to be lacking.
NBC News is distorting this story bigly. The homepage headline there read: Trump Bashes Mayor Who Pleaded, “We are dying.”
Yes, sure. Trump wants Puerto Ricans dead so that Congress has the excuse to impeach him. Not that genociding Puerto Ricans isn’t a good idea. It is. But Trump isn’t going to be the one to do it.
Over at Market Ticker, Karl Denninger wrote a nice piece three days ago on the crookedness and the irresponsible behavior of Puerto Rico. Remember, the island commonwealth is bankrupt because of overspending on liberal social programs by Democrat politicians.
One suggestion for dealing with PR in a “humane” way would be for Trump to declare martial law on the island and replace the local leadership with a white military commander who would be smart and have the power to organize and distribute the resources flowing to the island.
Zerohedge offers fair coverage of the story.
In Furious Tweetstorm, Trump Slams San Juan Mayor, “Fake News” Over Puerto Rico Response
Update (9:45 am ET): Cruz this morning tweeted out pictures of relief workers helping the people of San Juan, adding that the “we cannot be distracted by anything else” – what sounds like a subtle dig directed at Trump.
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In what was perhaps the harshest criticism of the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz broke down last night during a press conference where she begged President Trump to do more to help Puerto Rico. The disaster response has devolved into a worsening humanitarian crisis she said, and “people are starting to die.” Cruz described the situation as “something akin to genocide” before accusing Trump of treating Puerto Ricans like “animals.”
“So, Mr Trump, I am begging you to take charge and save lives. After all, that is one of the founding principles of the United States…If not, the world will see how we are treated not as second-class citizens but as animals that can be disposed of. Enough is enough.”
It appears that Cruz’ decision to invoke “genocide” and blame Trump for what some have criticized as a sluggish response (earlier, Trump explained that the response had been stymied by the fact that Puerto Rico is surrounded by “big water”) was enough to trigger another presidential rampage, because in a barrage of early morning tweets and retweets (no less then 11 as of the latest count), the president accused Cruz, the Democrats and the “fake news” media of using the disaster to score political points:
“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”…
To be sure, comments about the recovery effort by Puerto Rican officials haven’t been entirely negative. Earlier in the week, PR Governor Ricardo Rossello praised what he described as the administration’s “swift” response to Maria. However, Democrats in the Continental US have stepped up their criticisms of the disaster response in recent days, blaming Trump for hesitating to waive the Jones Act – which allowed foreign ships to deliver emergency supplies at Puerto Rican ports – and for the fact that it took nearly a week for US ships stocked with emergency supplies to arrive in the island’s ports.
Trump also accused fake news networks like CNN of unfairly criticizing first responders as a way to “get Trump.”
For the sake of context, the death toll from Hurricane Maria has hovered around 16 for about a week now. Power has been restored to more than half of the island’s hospitals, many of which have been forced to rely on diesel-powered generators to provide dialysis and other life-saving services to patients with dangerous illness. Meanwhile, the island’s battered infrastructure – power grids remain down across 80% of the island and most cell towers have also been knocked offline following Hurricane Maria – was completely devasted.
Genocide equals 16 dead? Trump is going to have to do better or the Mestiza mayor of San Juan is going to have to stop lying.
The big fear is that the PRs are going to leave the island for the mainland U.S. and never return. Florida already has enough nonwhite Latinos living on welfare. It doesn’t need more.