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Trump: Hurricane Maria Response “an unappreciated great job”

Trump, showing his usual lack of grace or class, ignores the death of thousands of US citizens to make false claims of his greatness.

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As Hurricane Florence gets closer and closer to US soil every minute, President Trump tweeted earlier today that his administration did a “great job” with their response to the damage Hurricane Maria inflicted upon Puerto Rico last year, showing once again that he lacks any possible sense of humility or self-realization.

Just another day of Donald being Donald.

That is, without a doubt, a huge stretch of the imagination by anybody’s standards. While he’s certainly giving himself far too much credit, I won’t, however, say that nothing at all was done. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office:

“As of April 2018, FEMA had obligated over $12 billion for response and recovery for Hurricane Maria (see figure below) reflecting the scale and complexity of efforts given the widespread damage. FEMA tasked federal agencies with over 1,000 response mission assignments for Hurricanes Maria and Irma in the territories at a cost of over $5 billion, compared to about 400 such assignments for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the California wildfires combined. For example, FEMA assigned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the mission to install over 1,700 emergency electricity generators in Puerto Rico, compared to the 310 for the response to Hurricane Katrina.”

In addition to that statement, they have provided a graph showing the spending of the major environmental disasters of 2017.

disaster spending

So, the United States actually did a lot to try to help Puerto Rico. For that, they don’t get a zero for their grade. But they sure as hell don’t get an A+, either…

I put this information here because a lot of people like to make it sound like the US did next to nothing for Puerto Rico, and that is simply false. It’s propaganda that is just as false and misleading as anything the Trump administration says. If you have to lie to make your point, then your point sucks and you should drop it and move on.

So, the United States actually did a lot to try to help Puerto Rico. For that, they don’t get a zero for their grade. But they sure as hell don’t get an A+, either…

While the administration provided aid to Puerto Rico, they didn’t do a very good job of it. The biggest reasons cited for why things went so poorly was taking too long to get there and a lack of coordination between the different organizations involved. The excuse Trump so famously told the world in regards to the slow response was that Puerto Rico “…is an island, surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water.” How eloquent… But this is obviously nonsense. If we were still living in 1890 and had to use steamboats to get there then, yeah, big water is going to hurt our response.

This isn’t 1890, and the initial response was terrible.

The slow response, in turn, contributed to the lack of coordination. By the time we had people there things were already so bad that they almost couldn’t even figure out where to start. A perfect example of the broken logistics are the pictures that recently surfaced showing what is possibly millions of bottles of water that have been sitting on a runway in Puerto Rico for nearly a year, not moving and not helping anybody.

PR bottled water
I’m sure I’m not alone in how frustrated and angry this picture makes me. A perfect example of how things went wrong.

The slow response, lack of coordination, and inability to get fresh water to those who needed it no doubt contributed to the main reason that the nation’s response does not deserve a great score; the fact that nearly 3,000 human beings lost their lives as a direct result of the hurricane.

A person cannot, as any sort of decent and respectable human being, say that they did a “great job” of anything if it ultimately resulted in the death of 2,975 people. The utter lack of empathy, the complete disregard for basic human decency, and an absolute void of humility that Trump’s tweet shows are honestly beyond my ability to describe. This right here is why I truly think he’s a sociopath. His inability to care about others while always feeling the need to talk about how awesome he is are not the traits of a good person. He’s definitely not a good person, and this is why so many people are unable to support him in any way, shape, or form.

The utter lack of empathy, the complete disregard for basic human decency, and an absolute void of humility that Trump’s tweet shows are honestly beyond my ability to describe.

How hard is it to say something like, “In honor of those American lives lost to Maria last year, we pledge that we will do everything humanly possible to help those currently in the path of Florence. If you are able to evacuate we strongly urge you to do so. Be safe, and we are here for you.”

That’s the sort of thing a good human being writes! That’s what someone with compassion and a true concern for other humans writes. That’s what a good president writes to his people.

Not this guy, though. As always, he makes everything that happens about himself. Everything is about him, everything great is because of him, and everything bad is because of somebody else. He praises himself and makes sure to throw out an insult at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, the woman who had the audacity to ask the President of the United States for help after a massive natural disaster.

The President once again disgraces our nation by dismissing lost American lives as irrelevant, focusing on himself, and bullying others.

As I’ve said beforethis is why it’s so important that we all go out and vote in November. A man who thinks this way is dangerous. If something, or somebody, makes him look bad in the slightest he’ll attack it. There aren’t any well thought out plans going through that brain of his. He acts purely on emotion, and we need people in Congress who will step up and stop him from doing something truly crazy. The only way that can happen is if we make it happen.

So go Vote!

3 comments

  1. I get so tired of raging about the insanity that emanates from that man. Don’t you?
    And here’s an interesting comparison that I just realized: As you say, 2,975 people died as a direct result of the hurricane and he says they did a “great job.” On the other hand 2,977 people died in the 9/11 attacks (not counting the 19 terrorists) and for that we have spent 17 years at war at the cost of trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives.

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    1. I do, but I also don’t want to stop and begin to accept this lunacy as normal. What’s going on in this country these days is not okay, and I just want to do my little part to maintain our dignity.

      It is indeed an interesting comparison. Americans sure do love their selective outrage lol

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