First thing this morning, Donald Trump decided it was a good idea to renew his feud with – and I can’t even believe I’m saying this – hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.
Sure, Puerto Ricans have suffered enough. But not enough for Trump. Because these “politically motivated ingrates” are still asking for help weeks – weeks! – after the hurricane, when everyone knows the average cleanup time for horrific natural disasters is roughly 36 hours. And so, at wit’s end with lazy Puerto Ricans, the President let them know three things:
- their infrastructure was a disaster even before the hurricane
- they are in debt
- FEMA can’t stay “forever”, where “forever” apparently means “any longer than three weeks”
Here’s the President:
There you go. Now you might be asking yourself why he would say that, seemingly out of nowhere, before dawn on a random Thursday. And the truth is, no one but Donald Trump himself knows the answer to that, although we’d wager it can probably be traced back to something he saw on the news this morning.
Well now, one of Trump’s newest enemies, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, is angry. Earlier, she tweeted this:
Yes, “shame on you,” you “hater in chief!”
Needless to say, that’s not likely to go over well with Trump and neither is the following statement Cruz released “re: POTUS Tweets”):
That right there is what you call “scathing.”
Of course she’s exactly right. And the incredulity inherent in that statement echoes the sentiments voiced by Bob Corker in the now infamous New York Times interview from Sunday. People are dropping the niceties and calling this administration what it is: a farce and a debacle.
Do note that the best thing about the statement above is that it backs Trump even further into a corner. Now he has to either double down on his criticism of an island still reeling from a historic natural disaster or else keep quiet and take his lumps. I think you know which route he’s likely to take.