I can’t even believe I’m about to say this because it’s so utterly insane that one struggles to come to terms with the fact that it is indeed reality, but here goes: President Trump has been variously criticized this week for spending too much of his time feuding on Twitter with dozens of NFL players and not enough time on supporting Puerto Rico in the wake of a devastating hurricane.
Trump is aware of the criticism. He’s also acutely aware of how devastating the hurricane in fact was, because as we’ve been keen to point out on any number of occasions this week, he loves to tweet about the extent to which this season’s hurricanes have been far bigly-er than any other storms in history (a state of affairs we’re reasonably sure he has convinced himself is somehow nature’s special tribute to the “bigly” nature of his presidency).
Trump even went so far as to seemingly suggest that nature was punishing Puerto Rico for its notorious debt problem.
So basically, “the two places where the people matter are doing great, but those dirty-ass Puerto Ricans who were already broke and whose infrastructure is crumbling are in some deep sh*t.” “Now let me get back to the real issues – like telling Steph Curry about how he and his black friends can’t come to my white house.”
Needless to say, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was not amused with that tweet. “The debt crisis and hurricanes are two different issues,” she reminded Trump earlier this week, a statement that she probably never imagined she would have to make because it is self-evident to anyone who isn’t called “Trump.”
Well on Friday, Cruz found herself having to explain something else that’s self-evident, this time in response to Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke who, on national television, called Puerto Rico’s crisis “a good news story.” Watch this:
"Dammit, this is not a good news story": San Juan mayor slams acting DHS Secretary Duke's comments about Puerto Rico https://t.co/mWdPEsCSHn
— CNN (@CNN) September 29, 2017
Yes, “dammit, this is not a good news story, it’s a people are dying story.”
Meanwhile, Trump was up at 7:18 this morning weighing in with the following comforting assessment, in which he reminds Puerto Rico that “the fact is” your island has been “destroyed by two hurricanes” which means it’s going to take some time to make the “big decisions” required to rebuild that hellhole:
I mean… what the actual f*&%, America?