The President of the United States continued his campaign to offend and demean the suffering of the Puerto Rican people by telling them they should be glad they aren’t suffering from a “real” catastrophe like 2005’s deadly Hurricane Katrina.
“If you looked — every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look 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 overbearing, nobody has seen anything like this. What is your death count as of this morning, 17…Sixteen people certified versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people, all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud.”
Just like that, the President dismisses the deaths of sixteen Americans as a horror and entirely ignores the unquantifiable human suffering that millions of people have endured without access to power, clean water, or food over the past two weeks while the President has berated them for their debt crisis and feuded with the mayor of San Juan for her complaints about his slow reaction to the crisis.
To add insult to injury, he isn’t even right about the death toll. While the government has accounted for sixteen deaths officially related to the hurricane, the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI) has “confirmed that there are dozens of hurricane-related deaths and the number could rise to the hundreds.”
The Miami Herald warns that “the storm-related fatalities are mounting with each passing day, and official numbers are not counting patients who are not receiving dialysis, oxygen and other essential services.”
Trump did nothing for eight days as three million of the citizens he is charged with protecting starved and thirsted in darkness, and now he has the nerve to tell them they aren’t currently coping with a “real catastrophe.”
Trump just compared Hurricane Maria to Katrina, which he said was a "real catastrophe." Death count: "16 people versus in the thousands" http://pic.twitter.com/9z5XpymDLw
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) October 3, 2017