Every time I think Trump must have done or said the worst thing he could possibly do or say, he proves me wrong. I had hoped that he would not choose to visit Puerto Rico, was glad when he said he was cancelling his trip after the Las Vegas tragedy. But then he changed his mind yet again and … he went to Puerto Rico and, just as we all knew he would, made an ass of himself.
For Trump, it seemed as if it were a game of one-upmanship …
“Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you at the tremendous — hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here, with really a storm that was just totally overpowering, nobody’s ever seen anything like this. What is your death count as of this moment? 17? 16 people certified, 16 people versus in the thousands.”
And then this …
“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack.”
And then, Trump being Trump, he just had to use this as an opportunity to toot his own horn …
“I think it’s now acknowledged what a great job we’ve done, and people are looking at that. And in Texas and in Florida, we get an A-plus. And I’ll tell you what, I think we’ve done just as good in Puerto Rico, and it’s actually a much tougher situation. But now the roads are cleared, communications is starting to come back. We need their truck drivers to start driving trucks.”
He has even talked about how Puerto Rico might be made to repay the cost of its recovery. This, after his eight-day delay in sending aid to Puerto Rico, the woefully inadequate amount of aid sent, and his days of criticizing San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, calling her a poor leader in a series of … what else … tweets …
“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”
“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. 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.”
I ask you … who is the ‘poor leader’ here?
Once again, Donald Trump has shamed our nation. His words and actions are not ones that I share, nor are they ones that represent the majority of people in this nation. Apparently Trump believes that bullying, being nasty and browbeating people is the way that leaders act. It is NOT. The sad reality is that, though his actions are not representative of the majority of us, he does, in the grand scheme of things, represent us. People in nations all over the globe look at what this ‘man’ says and this is the image they have of us, of We The People, of you and me.
Once upon a time, as recently as a year ago, the United States was respected by many nations around the globe. We are no longer. One person, in just a short eight months, has destroyed that image. His overall mishandling of the disaster in Puerto Rico by itself would convince most responsible adults that he is highly unqualified for the position he holds. Can any single person tell me that they are proud of the manner in which he has comported himself during the two weeks since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Once again, we hang our collective heads in shame.