The forces of nature stop for no one — not even a belligerent president hellbent on enacting a fantasy world in the United States. Thus, Donald Trump has faced a number of major natural disasters during his time as president, and now, there’s another storm on the horizon — Gordon. It’s already affected central and south Florida via massive amounts of rain, and it’s hitting the Gulf Coast next.
Trump tweeted a message of support for those in the storm’s path on Tuesday, admonishing those who would listen:
‘Everyone in the path of
#Gordon please heed the advice of State and local officials and follow @NHC_Atlantic for updates. The Federal Government stands ready to assist. Be safe!’
The nearly 3,000 people who died in the weeks and months surrounding Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico would no doubt contest the president’s assertion that the Federal Government stands ready to assist, if they could.
Speaking after the massively revised official death toll came out, Trump could find no fault, though, with his administration’s handling of the situation.
‘I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico… Don’t forget, their electric plant was dead before the hurricane… And then when the hurricane came, people said, ‘What do are we going to do about electricity?’ That wasn’t really the hurricane. That was gone before the hurricane.’
Besides the surface level outrageous nature of the president’s assertion that a “fantastic job” left nearly 3,000 people dead, he’s flatly wrong in his assertion that there was already a lack of power on the island before Hurricane Maria came. The power system was struggling but not “dead,” and in the aftermath of the storm, authorities bungled through the process of getting it running again to the point of power only being restored to “most” of the island last month, almost a year after the storm originally hit.
Originally, the contract for fixing the island’s power grid went to a tiny Montana company that was woefully unprepared for the job and handed special favors as part of the arrangement, like a freedom from government audits of their work. That contract was eventually cancelled — and is just one of the many problems associated with the government response to Maria.
You’d never get a sense of those problems from the president’s Twitter/public statements.
Twitter’s response is below.
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