Who would have guessed that one trip to the hurricane ravaged island of Puerto Rico would have supplied enough Trump-gaffs to keep Saturday Night Live in skit-heaven for years? But yet, that is exactly what happened.
From the moment he landed on the island, President Donald Trump stepped on his own wanker time and time again in the process of posing for photo-ops, trying to look official while holding meetings, lobbing supplies to the masses, ignoring the elephant in the room, and generally doing anything in a vain attempt to improve his image.
It was a day that was “all about Trump” from beginning to end.
In attempting to emulate previous presidents, Trump tried his hand at distributing food to residents of Puerto Rico at Calvary Chapel in San Juan. True to his restless personality, when he was done handing out food, Trump moved on to handing out paper towels. Except instead of merely handing them out, he began hurling them into the tightly packed crowd of people.
After the paper towels, Trump moved on to handing out flashlights, when he exclaimed:
‘There’s a lot of love in this room.’
And later, as he handed out small flashlights and batteries:
‘Flashlights? You don’t need them anymore.’
The entire day, like so many things Trump, was not much more than an extended photo op. Trump spent his day patting himself on the back for what a great job he is doing with the hurricane relief efforts (he’s not). He did take some extra time and at least make an effort to recognize some of the other people involved directly in the ongoing relief efforts, but he neglected to mention tremendous efforts of the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz.
Mayor Cruz has been highly critical of Trump, and he has in turn attacked her on Twitter like the middle school playground bully he is. They did have one brief exchange where she shook his tiny little hand and said, “It’s not about politics.”
It isn’t about politics. It is about human lives. And Trump has failed miserably while handing himself an A+ for his efforts. At least now we know how he managed to graduate from Wharton with those “top honors” he boasts.
WATCH: "Flashlights! You don't need 'em anymore!" Pres. Trump says as he hands out flashlights to people at a hurricane aid distribution center in Puerto Rico. http://nbcnews.to/2xdqUxJ
Posted by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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