In yet another astonishing show of spite from the President of the United States towards his own citizens, Donald Trump didn’t waste any time on his visit in Puerto Rico and immediately began blaming them for their own budget problems.
“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico — you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that’s fine, we’ve saved a lot of lives.”
There are so many things wrong with this it’s hard to know where to start.
First off, the fact that the island of Puerto Rico is in debt has nothing to do with Donald Trump refusing to take a briefing on the crisis for four daysafter Hurricane Maria hit because he was too busy feuding with the players of the National Football League. The debt has nothing to do with his failure to dispatch adequate military relief units in time or his pointless delay in waiving the Jones Act and allowing foreign nations to discharge their supplies to the beleaguered people of Puerto Rico.
Second of all, Puerto Rico’s debt crisis has been deliberately exacerbated by the machinations of both Congress and Wall Street, which has been pressuring the island to sell off their utilities and adopt austerity policies that contract the economy and sacrifice long-term growth in favor of a quick payday for the jackals in the finance industry.
Third, the states of Texas ($338 billion) and Florida ($124 billion), who were both hit with devastating hurricanes, both have more debt than Puerto Rico ($70 billion), but somehow Trump didn’t have anything to say about that when he visited those states.
Thirdly, the Trump administration has been hemorrhaging taxpayer money left and right on the most frivolous of expenses – millions every time Trump goes to play golf (which he has done 67 times so far this year), millions wasted on former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s private plane flights, hundreds of thousands spent on Trump’s children’s ski vacations – and somehow he still has the nerve to admonish the island of Puerto Rico and the millions of Americans citizens that he is responsible for as they suffer and starve in darkness and sweltering heat for debt that isn’t even their fault in the first place.
Trump’s response to the catastrophe in Puerto Rico has been beyond appalling, and it should be a terrifying warning to the rest of us that if he’s willing to treat American citizens like this just because they don’t have the right to vote – and happen to be a largely Latino population.
Trump: "I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico — you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico." pic.twitter.com/FllsHPQWlC
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 3, 2017