Trump just reignited his Puerto Rico death toll controversy with yet another appalling tweet


As the reports of the first casualties from Hurricane Florence begin flooding the airwaves, President Trump decided to take to Twitter to reignite the controversy over his appalling denial of the death toll from Hurricane Maria’s devastation to the island of Puerto Rico.

Quoting FOX News’ Geraldo Rivera, Trump made it clear that he believes the George Washington University study that determined that 2,975 Puerto Rican people died during or in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is nothing but a political hit job out to discredit his administration’s recovery efforts, which Trump believes were an “unsung success” but was, in reality, an utter disaster at every level.

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His tweet echoes the appalling comments he made earlier this week, accusing “Democrats” of artificially inflating the death toll to “make him look bad” in a downright ghoulish defense of his ego and his preposterous delusions of competence.


It’s absolutely despicable to see Geraldo Rivera playing into the President’s hands like this; any cursory examination of the Trump administration’s scandal-ridden and ultimately ineffective response to the disaster makes it clear what really happened. Trump’s words are yet another demonstration of the white supremacy that animates his every political move, and bodes very poorly for those threatened by the onslaught of Hurricane Florence.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.