Trump just bragged about his response to Puerto Rico amid skyrocketing death toll [WATCH]

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Donald Trump, in his relatively short tenure as President of the United States, has already left a string of scandals and horrors in his wake that dwarf what some of our worst presidents were able to accomplish in their full eight-year administrations.

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While the future of his term surely holds as-yet-unimagined assaults on our democracy and decency, it’s possible and in fact likely that the worst thing Trump will be remembered for has already occurred.

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According to a new study published this past week, at least 4,600 people died in Puerto Rico due to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria. Prior estimates put the number somewhere closer to 1,000. The staggering number of dead is a brutal reminder of the consequences of installing a bigoted ignoramus like Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

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The Trump administration was broadly and correctly criticized for their utterly inadequate preparation and subsequent lackluster response to the hurricane. Many theorized that the white nationalist-leaning regime didn’t bother to give the island territory the attention it deserved because of the skin color of many of the people living there. The most generous explanation for their inaction is that it was simply the result of incompetence.

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The new study lays the blame for these thousands of avoidable American deaths squarely at the feet of Trump and his cronies in no uncertain terms.

“These numbers will serve as an important independent comparison to official statistics from death-registry data, which are currently being reevaluated, and underscore the inattention of the U.S. government to the frail infrastructure of Puerto Rico,” wrote the authors of the bombshell study.

Today, Trump addressed the U.S. Coast Guard and attempted to paper off his heinous Puerto Rico legacy by lauding the Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Maria. While the brave men and women of the Coast Guard did strive to save lives, they were handicapped by an administration that refused to deliver the proper supplies and attention to the disaster zone.

“Last season, during the Hurricanes, I was in Texas, I was in Florida, I was in Puerto Rico. I saw the work that you did under the most adverse conditions. And I’ve said this to a lot of people, I don’t think any brand has gained more momentum or gained any more of anything than the brand of the United States Coast Guard,” said Trump.

Trump is attempting to whitewash his own legacy by praising those whom he failed to properly aid. He does a grave disservice to the Americans who died in Puerto Rico.

 

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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