Trump Spirals Into Friday Night Twitter Rant About Puerto Rico That Has Everyone Pissed

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Donald Trump is not going to let his rant against Puerto Rico for daring to make him look bad with 2,975 deaths go, no matter how terribly bad the rant itself makes him look. More than anything, he wants a distraction, and that distraction can be anything that shifts focus from his campaign manager’s Friday guilty plea and the news that he is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign.

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As yet another hurricane batters the United States on the east coast, leaving at least five dead so far, Trump has been unable to focus on the American lives in danger there and has spent his evening hours publicly ranting against the study that proved just how little we knew about the effects of Hurricane Maria. Since Trump has suffered criticism for the failed response there, he began a conspiracy theory about a mysterious “they” who hired a scientific study team to report on the actual number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria.

Earlier in the evening, Trump quoted Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera, who made massively untrue claims about exactly why Puerto Rico is responsible for any deaths following the hurricanes.

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The truth looks quite different than the rhetoric being spouted by the president and his friends at Fox News.

The independent report was conducted by George Washington University Milken School of Public Health. That report is 40 pages long, with lists of experts who contributed to the study, three pages of sources, a summary of the methodology used and then a detailed explanation of that methodology in the study’s third annex. No one has come forward to question their methodology before Donald Trump decided to try and discredit it.

The report was ordered by the Puerto Rican government, and Governor Ricky Rosello is a member of the New Progressive Party, which is quite the opposite of the GOP. However, Trump has repeatedly praised the governor until he now became part of the mysterious “they” trying to make Trump look bad.

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This is not a report commissioned by Democrats to make Trump look bad, and the dismissal of these deaths and the endless conspiracy theories are beneath the dignity of the presidency.

Twitter responded to Trump’s tweets with outrage. See some of their comments below:

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