Claimed ‘Fake News Networks’ Working Overtime
Donald Trump returned to Twitter Saturday afternoon to attack the free press and Democrats for the federal government’s abysmal response to the destruction of Puerto Rico.
The president began his latest weekend getaway at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey by attacking San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, the face of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. From the safety and comfort of his golf course, he criticized her “poor leadership ability” and insisted Puerto Ricans are lazy, “wanting everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
Dan Scavino Jr., the president’s assistant and the White House’s Social Media Director, followed suit—calling the mayor a “Trump hater” and the “perfect example of an opportunistic politician.”
This deflection from the federal government’s response was met with considerable outcry, with the mayor herself responding by focusing on saving Puerto Ricans.
This clearly struck a nerve.
Trump’s attacks early Saturday ended with an attack on “Fake News Networks” who he claimed were “working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R’s. Shame!”
The Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R's. Shame!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
Nearly six hours later, however, coverage of Puerto Rico—not the American citizens in Puerto Rico—was clearly still on the president’s mind. “Despite the Fake News Media in conjunction with the Dems,” Trump wrote, “an amazing job is being done in Puerto Rico. Great people!”
Despite the Fake News Media in conjunction with the Dems, an amazing job is being done in Puerto Rico. Great people!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
Those in the media are working tirelessly to assist those in Puerto Rico and relay the federal government’s response to the States, even as the president insists to people – as Maggie Haberman of the New York Times described – that “what they’re seeing on TV isn’t real.” One example is Roberto Aram Ferdman, a correspondent for Vice on HBO, who grew up in Puerto Rico and has returned to cover fallout:
the same officer asked me if it was true that Trump was golfing this weekend. i didn't have the heart to tell him— Roberto Aram Ferdman (@robferdman) September 30, 2017
To be clear: What you are seeing on TV is painfully real https://t.co/8M8JtqlfdE— Roberto Aram Ferdman (@robferdman) September 30, 2017
As Congressman Ted Lieu summarized:
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