Trump’s repugnant hurricane response: Darcy cartoon

September 14, 2018

Trump’s repugnant hurricane response: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Before Hurricane Florence hit the United States south eastern coast, another twitter storm from President Trump struck a new low blow against humanity, denying 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, and that Democrats inflated the death toll.

“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...

...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 parson died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list.  Bad politics.  I love Puerto Rico,” Trump tweeted the morning of September 13,2018.

The death tally in Puerto Rico wasn’t “done by the Democrats” as Trump asserts. A Puerto Rico government-commissioned study by George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health found that 2,975 died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and the inadequate response to it.

An earlier study by Harvard University had put the death toll at 4,000.   Before the research studies were done, Puerto Rico had initially said the number was 64.   But not trusting that count, Puerto Rico commissioned the study by George Washington University’s Milken institute.

The Milken Institute stood by it’s study in a statement released Thursday.

“We stand by the science underlying our study.  This study, commissioned by the Government of Puerto Rico, was carried out with complete independence and freedom from any kind of interference.

Our results show that Hurricane Maria was a very deadly storm, one that affected the entire island but hit the poor and elderly the hardest.  We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality rate.”

San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, blasted Trump’s Crazy Town conspiracy talk and denial in a tweet of her own.

“This is what denial following neglect looks like:  Mr. Pres in the real world people died on your watch.  YOUR LACK OF RESPECT IS APPALLING.”

Trump is a Birther, climate change denier, and now a Hurricane death toll denier.

The White House has been busy trying to discredit the New York Times Anonymous Op-Ed and Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’ which portray a delusional, dangerous, unhinged and unfit president.  But Trump has been the best authentication source for both Anonymous and Woodward.   Nearly every time Trump speaks or tweets, like he did on Puerto Rico, he gives credence to what Anonymous and Woodward wrote.

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a category 2 and now 1.  But Hurricane experts say the water threat remains a category 5.    And Hurricane Trump’s  dehumanizing callousness remains a category 10, threatening to go higher.

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