Laments ‘Massive Debt’ but Not a Word About the Human Suffering or All the Lives Lost
PresidentÂ Donald Trump Monday night finally remembered that Puerto Rico had taken a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, after suffering the effects of Hurricane Irma just days earlier. The island U.S. territory is not expected to regain electricity for four to six months, and is currently in the middle of a heat wave.Â
“The devastation is vast,” GovernorÂ Ricardo RossellÃ³ told reporters Monday, calling it an “unprecedented disaster.”Â The Governor is calling for more assistance from the federal government, and fears people will forget about the island of 3.4 million people â€“ more than 21 other states â€“Â in the coming days.Â
One of those people who appeared to have forgotten wasÂ President Trump, who spent much of his weekend, starting Friday, attacking NFL players who silently protestÂ racial inequality and the killing of Black people by police.
Number of Trump tweets about pro sports since Friday: 20
Number of Trump tweets about Puerto Rico since Friday: 0 pic.twitter.com/8QyLaf8lI5
â€” Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 25, 2017
That led Grammy Award winning singer MarcÂ Antony to post this tweet:
Mr. President shut the fuck up about NFL. Do something about our people in need in #PuertoRico. We are American citizens too.
â€” Marc Anthony (@MarcAnthony) September 25, 2017
Trump had not tweeted one word about Puerto Rico since last WednesdayÂ â€“ until now.
TheÂ President commendedÂ Florida and Texas for doing a great job recovering from their hurricanes, while apparentlyÂ blaming Puerto Rico for the devastation caused byÂ HurricaneÂ Maria.
Puerto Rico, “which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” Trump tweeted.
“It’s [sic] old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollarsÂ owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with,” he said.
“Food, water and medical are top priorities – and doing well,” he concluded, oddly, adding the hashtag #FEMA at the end.
Not one word about the lives lostÂ â€“ estimates currently go as high as 30 but likely could be even higher, and that doesn’t take into account that there’s no power.
This is how Trump thinks. He laments the loss of infrastructure, the billions of dollars “owed to Wall Street and the banks,” noting that that “must be dealt with.”
The lives lost, the homes, towns, cities, personal belongings, and so much moreÂ â€“ inÂ short, the human costsÂ â€“ those merit not a word.Â Just the buildings and electric grid and money, those are what he is sad about.
Not one word either mentioningÂ that theÂ Senate has not acted to appropriate the billions of dollars Puerto Rico desperately needs to help them rebuild. Not a word about what he will do to help ensure the people who live in Puerto Rico are helped, are feeing supportedÂ â€“ are supported.
In fact, Congress is not expected to even take up a relief bill until the first or second week in October.
Senior Hill aide says WH expected to send disaster aid request to Congress in 1st/2nd week of Oct for Puerto Rico. That gets ball rolling.
â€” Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) September 25, 2017
Which elicited this tweet from “Hamilton” creatorÂ Lin-Manuel Miranda:
â€” Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 25, 2017
On Twitter, many were furious, many were curious.
Former Obama-eraÂ U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, posted this tweet:
Is the President of the United States saying that the mammoth hurricane damage is Puerto Ricoâ€™s fault? https://t.co/HHjdne94o9
â€” Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) September 26, 2017
The Daily Beast’s national editor had a similar reaction:
oh you wanted him to tweet about Puerto Rico? Well he did â€” and blamed Puerto Rico. pic.twitter.com/74BK3Smfhv
â€” Justin Miller (@justinjm1) September 26, 2017
As did Esquire’s Charles Pierce:
Master of empathy finally emerges from off his golden commode. Message: It’s your fault, Puerto Rico. https://t.co/Fu2QUFM3tX
â€” Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) September 26, 2017
They were not alone:
Really not sure how to read this other than Trump taking this opportunity to blame Puerto Rico for its misfortune… pic.twitter.com/KgpIPaYIk1
â€” McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) September 26, 2017
The POTUS – POS that he is – is in fact blaming Puerto Ricans for their troubles – and for “troubling” Wall Street banks.
FUUUUCK YOU https://t.co/gZga8z4Vf8
â€” Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) September 26, 2017
So Trump finally tweets about Puerto Rico and then blames them for their own suffering after a natural disaster? He is literally the worst.
â€” Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) September 26, 2017
Donald Trump to Puerto Rico: You did this to yourself https://t.co/FEArFu1G6V
â€” Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 26, 2017
More responses to Trump’s strange, rambling, nonsensical tweets:
Former Senior Advisor to President Obama, Dan Pfeiffer:
If Puerto Rico had electoral votes, help would already be on the way, but it doesn’t so Trump and Republicans are in no rush https://t.co/mVNeExi1xm
â€” Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) September 26, 2017
MSNBC’s Chris hayes:
INSANE for the president talking about PR’s debts to “Wall Street” while 60% of ppl have *no safe drinking water*!!!
â€” Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 26, 2017
Actor and comedian Andy Richter:
DONALD FUCKING TRUMP IS MAKING SNIDE COMMENTS ABOUT PUERTO RICO NOT PAYING BANK LOANS. THE FUCKING GALL pic.twitter.com/yXnQ9Vml0s
â€” Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) September 26, 2017
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â€” á–‡à«¯áƒ« á‘à¸„É¿Õˆà©®à«¯Õ ðŸŽ¨ (@Redpainter1) September 26, 2017
Just so you know where weâ€™re going: Trump is setting the stage to blame Americans in Puerto Rico for him not being capable of doing his job.
â€” Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) September 26, 2017
As Puerto Rico faces a humanitarian crisis, Trump reassures Wall Street that it can still collect on the islandâ€™s debts. Oof. pic.twitter.com/y538bX48IN
â€” Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) September 26, 2017
Trump’s message on Puerto Rico – things were bad there before the hurricane – is quite different from his prior words on Florida and Texas. pic.twitter.com/QxIqHv2SJu
â€” Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 26, 2017
Trump managed to victim blame Puerto Rico for the hurricane. https://t.co/raYIR5VFAT
â€” Calvin (@calvinstowell) September 26, 2017
Trump’s tweet when Puerto Rico is in crisis is to say they suck. Bush didn’t even pull that w New Orleans and Katrina
â€” Oliver Willis (@owillis) September 26, 2017
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‘These Are Our National Secrets’: Democrat Slams GOP for Ignoring Trump Classified Documents Found ‘In the S——’
U.S. Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-TX) blasted House Republicans for ignoring the hundreds of classified documents photographed on stage and “in the s——” at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and residence, while going after President Joe Biden who she said not one witness at Thursday’s impeachment “inquiry” had identified what crime he allegedly committed.
“As I prepared,” Rep. Crockett told members of the House Oversight Committee Thursday, “I said, ‘What is the crime?’ Because when you’re talking about impeachment, you’re talking about high crimes and misdemeanors, and I can’t seem to find the crime and honestly, no one has testified of what crime they believe the President of the United States has committed.”
“But when we started talking about things that look like evidence, they want to act like they blind, they don’t know what this is,” Crockett said, waving photographs of boxes allegedly containing classified and top secret documents on stage and in a restroom at Mar-a-Lago.
“These are our national secrets, looks like in the s—— to me,” she said, as NBC News described her remarks. “This looks like more evidence of our national secrets, say on the stage at Mar-a-Lago. When we’re talking about somebody that’s committed high crimes it’s at least indictments, let’s say 32 counts related to unauthorized retention of national security secrets, seven counts related to obstructing the investigation. Three false statements, one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, falsifying business records, conspiracy to defraud the United States, two counts related to efforts to obstruct the vote certification proceedings, one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights, 23 counts related to forgery or false documents statements, eight counts related to soliciting, and I could go on because he’s got 91 counts pending right now.”
“But I will tell you what the President [Biden] has been guilty of. He has unfortunately been guilty of loving his child unconditionally, and that is the only evidence that they have brought forward and honestly, I hope and pray that my parents love me half as much as he loves his child. Until they find some evidence we need to get back to the people’s work, which means keeping this government open so that people don’t go hungry in the streets of the United States, and I will yield.”
Congresswoman Crockett’s remarks quickly went viral, with just this video getting 4.6 million views in just four hours.
Watch below or at this link.
Omg wow this pic.twitter.com/fnYcAXzcNf
— Acyn (@Acyn) September 28, 2023
‘He Knows I’m Right’: Democrat Mocks ‘Scared’ McCarthy and Blows Off Chairman Comer in ‘Very Unserious’ Hearing
During House Republicans’ impeachment “inquiry” into President Joe Biden, U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL) detailed Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s transition from refusing to allow a vote for an impeachment inquiry to ordering his top Chairmen to initiate an impeachment “inquiry” in the span of just twelve days.
Congressman Frost, the youngest member of the House, called the Speaker “scared,” before turning his attention to the GOP’s witnesses who he said “are not giving us any basis or giving us any evidence or anything,” angering Republican Oversight Chairman Jim Comer, who interjected, “That’s not true.”
Rep. Frost refused to allow the Chairman to interrupt him, and shot back, “Reclaiming my time.”
“These these witnesses are not giving any answers. They’re just asking more questions,” Rep. Frost continued.
While challenging the credibility of the GOP’s witnesses, Frost said there was “one witness who has a lot of questions .. one witness who knows something about accounting but has no real involvement,” and then accused the third witness, the well-known attorney and commentator Jonathan Turley, of “stopping here on his way to his next Fox News hit.”
Gen Z Congressman Maxwell Frost brilliantly sums up the hypocrisy, the fraudulence, and the illegitimacy of every single GOP witness that spoke today. And check out the startled reaction of that old angry Republican woman at the end. More of this!
— Dash Dobrofsky (@DashDobrofsky) September 28, 2023
Frost noted that had McCarthy put an impeachment inquiry on the floor for a vote, it “would lose on the House floor and be another embarrassment in the long list of embarrassments in this Congress for the Speaker of the House.”
He added that far-right Republicans threatened “to shut down the government, something that will happen in just two days.” He also noted, “this is the one that really got to [McCarthy], they said you, you’re about to lose your job and they said we will remove you as Speaker of the house.”
“And that scared him so much that Kevin McCarthy, the Speaker of the House, the United States House of Representatives, third in line to the presidency, completely caved due to the threats of people within his own caucus.”
Pointing to Chairman Comer, Frost on social media said, “He had to interrupt me because he knows I’m right. They say that this isn’t an impeachment, it’s an impeachment ‘inquiry’ to get answers. Then they call up witnesses that are just asking more questions and not providing any answers or evidence. This hearing is very unserious.”
Watch the videos above or at this link.
‘All Those Biden Towers’ Where ‘Influence Was Used’: Democrat Turns Tables and Mocks Republicans in Sarcastic Q&A
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) turned the tables on Republicans during the House Oversight Committee’s first impeachment “inquiry” into President Joe Biden by sarcastically referring to “all those Biden towers all over the world where foreign partnerships were formed and influence was used here in the US,” forcing the witness to correct him and point out he actually meant ex-President Donald Trump.
The hearing, chaired by Rep. Jim Comer (R-KY) was widely seen as another failed effort by House Republicans against President Biden. It took a turn when Republicans’ own witness, law professor and Fox News media contributor Jonathan Turley told them he saw no evidence that warrants an impeachment of the President.
Meanwhile, Congressman Connelly’s scathing remarks quickly spread across social media, garnering hundreds of thousands of views views in just hours.
“Um, well let’s see,” Connolly began, slowly, “I’m looking at, um, I heard again, um, I think it was professor Hurley talk about – – because he’s not prejudging of course, but he’s just suggesting that maybe we want to look into criminal activity like obstruction, fraud, and abuse of power.”
“So let’s take fraud. So shouldn’t we be concerned that a New York judge just found President Biden’s organization committing fraud every year for the last 10 or 15 years,” Connolly continued, “and that, under the Martin law, that Biden organization is now subject to dismemberment and dismantlement because of the fraudulent activity?”
“That should be of concern to Mr. Trump,” the witness, Professor Michael Gerhardt, replied.
“Mr. Trump again!” Connolly sarcastically exclaimed, feigning surprise. “And in this case, we’re not speculating, a judge actually made that ruling?”
“Yes sir,” Gerhardt replied.
”Should we be concerned about the personal – I mean, while we’re at it, while we’re loading on – shouldn’t we be concerned about the personal behavior of the President, for example, President Trump or President Biden, being found guilty of sexual assault and defamation associated with that activity, again in a civil court?”
“We should be concerned as it related to Mr. Trump,” Gerhardt again replied.
“With Mr. Trump again?” Connolly again said mockingly.
“I just think that one of the reasons we’re here is because somebody has been indicted in four different locales, on four different sets of concerns, with I think 81, 91 actual counts, and has been found guilty in two civil proceedings, one involving sexual behavior and one on actual corporate fraudulent activity. And we don’t want to talk about any of that. We want to speculate about discredited testimony from discredited witnesses,” Connolly added.
Brilliant stuff here from Connolly pic.twitter.com/F3rZlBmUe8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 28, 2023
“Distract, deflect, dissemble,” Connolly added. “I think this hearing’s all about ‘look over here, not over there.’”
“I’ve heard concerns about ‘branding,'” Connolly continued. “So, shouldn’t we be concerned about all those Biden towers all over the world where foreign partnerships were formed and influence was used here in the United States? I’ve seen these towers in Indonesia, in the Philippines, in Turkey. I even saw one in Chicago. Shouldn’t that be a source of concern of this committee in terms of influence, both foreign and domestic, when Biden became president?”
“If there were such things as ‘Biden building,'” Gerhardt said.
“Well, was there anyone who did have them?” Connolly asked. “Well, could you tell us? Just give me the name.”
“I think we’re talking about Mr. Trump,” Gerhardt replied.
“So, when President Biden appointed his son to manage U.S. foreign policy, both in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East peace, by the way, a son who couldn’t qualify for getting a security clearance, but President Biden apparently granted it to Hunter anyhow – and then, after leaving the White House, getting a $2 billion deal … shouldn’t that be of concern to us that maybe a sweetheart deal occurred with the blessing of the president, with foreign money, and shouldn’t we look into Hunter Biden for that, given the fact that the handled Middle East peace in the White House?”
“It should have been a concern with President Trump and his son-in-law,” Gerhardt said.
“Oh Trump. I got that wrong again,” snarked Congressman Connolly.
Connolly: “Shouldn’t we concerned about all those Biden towers all over the world where foreign partnerships were formed and influence was used here in the US? I’ve seen these towers in Indonesia, in the Philippines, in Turkey. I’ve even seen one in Chicago.” pic.twitter.com/U10K2K5JSQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 28, 2023
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