Will Puerto Rico be allowed to die?
This seems like an inflammatory question, but a fair one.
This is what our Racist in Chief has been saying about Puerto Rico:
And then, when pressed, he had this to say:
Presidenting is hard. Meanwhile, this news just broke:
Humans can survive quite a while without food. Without water you did in a matter of days.
The responses to the hurricanes in Texas and Florida were shambolic enough. Trump probably doesn't realize that the government will have to invest billions of dollars to rebuild. But the response to Hurricane Maria has been nothing but disastrous. The island has no power. Much of the island has no potable water. Food is short. The world's most powerful military should be on red alert to deliver all the aid it can to 3.5 million US citizens. Instead, Trump decides to pick fights with athletes.
I have very few illusions about Republicans. But I'm rather sure that if Jeb Bush, or even Ted Cruz occupied the West Wing, the response to Puerto Rico's misery wouldn't be so miserly. Trump never expected to be president. And now that he is, he seems to delight only in the ceremonial trappings of the office. Asking him to do the work which the position entails is a sure-fire way to have him explode in a petulant Twitter tirade.
Puerto Rico is not a foreign country. It is a territory of the United States. It's inhabitants are US citizens. And because we have the most unsuited man to ever hold the office serving as president, they're about to be treated to a horror which no one in an advanced society should face. All because our politics have been willfully broken to serve power at the expense of our common bonds.
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