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Trump throws more than paper towels at Puerto Rico

by Breonnah Colon - Campus Talk Editor
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 09:00 pm

The island of Puerto Rico has been making headlines for the past couple of weeks and not for the best reasons. The small island, less than eight hours away from the United States mainland, has been experiencing what San Juan Mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, deemed to be a humanitarian crisis according to a CNN article.

The people of Puerto Rico, all of whom are American citizens as a result of the Jones Act passed in 1917, have been plagued with lack of clean water, food, power and perhaps worst of all, adequate access to medical treatment and supplies.

 According to NY Post, two people on life support have died on the island as a result of insufficient fuel to properly run necessary equipment. The aforementioned article goes on to explain, “only 11 of Puerto Rico’s 69 hospitals have fuel or power.” 

In addition to the two patients who died in the hospital, there has been a death toll of over 30 people on the island as a result of hurricane Maria. The situation on the island has become steadily worse, with continuous lack of assistance offered from the federal government, despite Puerto Rico being a U.S. territory. The situation has left San Juan’s mayor both frazzled and angry at the lax response being dealt to the island.

“Every moment we spend planning in a meeting or every moment we spend just not getting the help we’re supposed to get, people are starting to die,” Cruz said.

Almost two weeks after hurricane Maria hit the island, President Donald Trump decided he would bless the American citizens residing in Puerto Rico with his presence. His response to the circumstances faced by the millions of people suffering on the island: to compare it to that of hurricane Katrina and express that Puerto Ricans should be happy to not have been hit by an actual catastrophe.

Oh, but before that, he fixed himself to have the audacity to take to Twitter and degrade the mayor of San Juan, tweeting “Such poor leadership ability by the mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help,” according to abcnews.com.

If that blatant and childish disrespect weren’t enough Trump went on to write, “they want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.” 

Cue scratching record sound — then do it again.

Puerto Ricans want everything done for them? 

See, coming from someone with the brain capacity of Trump, I’m not surprised at the pure idiocy spewing from his mouth, an idiocy which threatens my own intellect.

 Honestly, I’m pretty sure I lost about three IQ points just because I had the misfortune of coming across such a despicable, unnecessary and shameful statement.

People are dying, struggling to survive, and he’s focused on his struggling emasculated ego in the face of a crisis, yet Cruz is the one displaying poor leadership? Interesting.

It seems quite obvious the president of this country has no true understanding of the life threatening circumstances being faced by several million of his own American people, but then again, how could he?

It took him practically two weeks to even get the inkling to reach out to those on the island and of course only after he felt targeted by someone who was actually doing her job and trying to help her people — you know, because he certainly was not.

He then goes on national television and with the same lacking use of neurotransmitters, proceeds to compare the situation of Puerto Rico to that of those who were hit by Hurricane Katrina, a hurricane which was a category five — the same caliber of hurricane Maria — and tell us we should be grateful that the island wasn’t hit by a “real catastrophe.”

This same man went on to “assist” citizens later on in the day, giving out materials to those in need. He is seen on camera launching rolls of paper towels into a crowd as if he's honoring people with a jackpot. 

It is a sad reality that Puerto Rico had to face such a disastrous event during a time when someone like Trump is in power. However, the island will be able to come back from the devastation of this crisis because that is all we, as Boricuas, know how to do. Perhaps by the time we are done rebuilding ourselves, Trump will have learned to become a better human being, since we all know his ability of being a national leader has been null and void from the beginning.

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