Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the eastern coast of the US. According to the National Weather Service, “This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast, and that’s saying a lot given the impacts we’ve seen from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew. I can’t emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge, and inland flooding with this storm.”
So this is a good time to remember that Donald Trump played golf while Hurricane Maria tore Puerto Rico apart and killed over 3000 people (almost as many as died from the terrorist attacks on 9/11, but they don’t count even though they are Americans, because their skin isn’t white). And just to add insult to injury, Trump is now boasting that his handling of earlier hurricanes was “incredibly successful” and received an A plus (of course, the person who awarded Trump an A plus was Trump himself). Then Trump tried to play the victim, saying that his administration’s work in Puerto Rico was not appreciated (despite multiple reports of mismanagement, like this one about a million bottles of water that were never distributed to people who haven’t had water for a year, or this one, about Trump’s FEMA director, who is being investigated for illegal misuse of funds). Don’t you feel so very sorry for Trump?
This brilliant tweet has already been retweeted over 35 thousand times:
I mean this seriously, not as a political dig.
If you’re in Florence’s path and considering riding it out, your President just said that a hurricane response where 3,000 die is his measure of success.
Get out of there.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 11, 2018
Even more ironic, there is a meme circulating that is targeted at Trump supporters. The meme is that the president of Puerto Rico is incompetent and should be impeached immediately. The question is how many Trump supporters understand that Puerto Rico is a US territory, so its president is one Donald Trump. Make Puerto Rico Great Again!
Despite his protestations, Trump stole around 10 million dollars from FEMA (the agency that responds to disasters like hurricanes), and gave it to ICE to lock up people accused of being illegal aliens and to take their children away from them, 12,800 of whom are still locked up. That’s a five times increase in children locked up since just a year ago.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Apparently over $200 million was taken, not just from FEMA, but also from the office in charge of countering weapons of mass destruction, the Coast Guard, TSA, the cybersecurity office, and even Customs and Border Protection. You know, because locking up potential illegal alien children is clearly our most important national security concern.
Much more important than this: