More Fake News? Social Media Blasts Donald Trump For Claiming Fewer People Died In Puerto Rico
On September 13, President Trump shared this alarming tweet, disputing the official report from San Juan Mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, on the death toll from hurricane Maria. The report was a backed up by a study, conducted by the researchers of George Washington University.
3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
According to the President, the Democrats are responsible for the new numbers, which stood at 2,975 at the time of release. Initially, authorities pegged the death toll at 64, but the President claims the deaths were even fewer.
.....This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
Politicians condemn Trump
President Trump’s new tweets have gotten wide condemnation from politicians on both sides of the fence, many of them calling out the President for downplaying the extent of damage caused by the storm. It is even more disturbing that the President did not provide any relevant sources to back his claims.
Meanwhile, Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez says President Donald Trump is "dead wrong" claiming the new report is false. Gutierrez also brought up the issue of the delayed response by the U.S. authorities to the call for help from Puerto Rico.
Even though the President dropped the ball, he is now doing a victory dance in the end zone. Or should we call it the dead zone?
Even House Speaker Paul Ryan argues against the President and his claims. As for Cruz, she shared this flustered tweet on Tuesday, after President Trump’s deflating denials.
Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality. Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him. NO IT IS NOT.
What President takes money from FEMA right before hurricane season and gives it to ICE to rip children from their families and place them into internment camps, and then lies to the American people about the 2975 people in Puerto Rico who died from Hurricane Maria?— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 13, 2018
Americans disagree with the President
UGHHHH he is the worst! Someone throw him into the eye of Florence already, I dont know how much more of this orange monster the world can take!— JOEY★PURPLE (@joeypurple) September 13, 2018
Many Americans are quite disappointed with the President for his remarks and his need to politicize any situation that doesn't work in his favor. Some have even questioned his supporters, wondering how long will it take for the President to finally ruin their faith in him.
First of all Puerto Rico is owned by the United States u should treat it as such...not sending resources is a slap in the face ... how about fixing the flint water crisis and helping PR out instead of golfing on our money— Silver (@Littosilver) September 13, 2018
It’s frightening that this person still has supporters. We have to do better as a country.— Felicia Shannon🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@brownsbutterfly) September 13, 2018
In the White House interview this week, the President gave himself high scores for the response to Puerto Rico’s crisis. Sadly, he seems to be the only one propagating this information. To make matters even worse, the U.S. Government Accountability Office report noted that FEMA's handling of the situation was below par. So who is lying?