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Trump Threatens to Pull FEMA Out of Puerto Rico

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Trump Treats Puerto Rico Like a White Supremacist Would

President Donald Trump has just threatened to pull FEMA out of Puerto Rico.

It was clear from the start that President Donald Trump’s response to the two back-to-back hurricanes that decimated Puerto Rico was going to be bad. In partnership with FEMA and the Republican governors of Texas and Florida, the president’s response to the hurricanes that hit both those states was overall given two thumbs up. But Trump was too busy attacking Colin Kaepernick and the NFL’s players who are protesting racial oppression and police killings of Black people to focus on Puerto Rico.

And Puerto Rico was destroyed, decimated, wiped out. Today, less than 20 percent of the island has electricity, and many people remain without food and water. 

It is a disaster, and a disaster of Trump’s own making. 

Here’s what Trump said September 2, to Texas:

September 14, here’s what he said to Florida:

And on September 29, here’s what Trump said to Puerto Rico:

“Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort,” the Washington Post reported, “will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island.”

“We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe,” Trump continued. “These are great people. We want them to be safe and sound and secure. And we will be there every day until that happens.” 

Trump made those remarks while pushing his tax “reform” plans that will deliver tremendous tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.

Thursday morning, citing a right wing reporter from the conservative media giant Sinclair group, Trump posted these tweets:

Puerto Rico’s financial woes are not “of their own making.” Puerto Rico didn’t take a credit card and go out and buy big screen TVs or pave their roads in gold. They aren’t, unlike Republicans, pushing massive tax cuts. Puerto Rico’s financial problems are largely the U.S. government’s fault.

Assuming Trump is quoting Sharyl Attkisson correctly, she should have known what comedian Samantha Bee does:

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20. It was days before recovery could begin. But barely three weeks after the category 5 hurricane touched down. the President says we can’t keep FEMA and the military in Puerto Rico “forever.” 

Trump has also made clear that, unlike with Texas and Florida, federal rebuilding assistance will come in the form of a loan. 

President Trump literally wants to load an already nearly bankrupt territory with more, massive debt.

There is exactly zero reason to treat Puerto Rico any differently from Texas or Florida.

If anything, that need and deserve more, not less, help.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough just noted that Trump is treating Puerto Rico because “these are people who do not look like him.” He’s right.

So why would Trump treat Puerto Rico like second class citizens?

There are two reasons.

One: they cannot vote for or against him.

Two: Trump is a white supremacist. 

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Dismisses ‘Real Small, Minor Number’ of Rapes Requiring Abortions

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) declined to say on Sunday if he would sign a bill removing abortion exceptions for rape because they only represent a “real small, minor number” of cases.

During an interview on Fox News, host Mike Emmanuel asked Reeves if he would remove the abortion exceptions for rape in Mississippi.

Reeves sidestepped the question by insisting that the bill would never make it through the legislature.

“There’s a lot of effort, particularly in Washington and other places mainly by the Democrats, to try to talk only about the real small, minor number of exceptions that may exist,” he complained. “Over 90% of all abortions that are done in America, some 63 million babies aborted since Roe was wrongly decided in 1973, over 90% of those are elective abortions.”

Reeves argued that the “far-left” should not be talking about “all these exceptions and minor numbers.”

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Trump Hinted Jan. 6 Would Be His ‘Last-Ditch’ Attempt to Overturn the Election Results: Filmmaker Alex Holder

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In an interview with the Guardian’s Hugo Lowell, a British documentary maker who was filming behind-the-scenes footage in Donald Trump’s White House on Jan 6th claimed he knew something bad was about to happen before supporters of the former president stormed the Capitol and sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives.

Alex Holder, whose film crew was on hand and filming Trump and his children Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka on Jan 6th, stated there was a feeling among his people that something momentous was about to happen.

According to Lowell, “Holder was there for it all: three sit-down interviews with Trump, including one at the White House, numerous other interviews with Trump’s adult children, private conversations among top aides and advisers before the election, and around the Capitol itself as it got stormed.” adding, “The access to Trump, and listening to him and his inner circle, led him to suspect that the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election would somehow culminate in some event at the Capitol on 6 January.”

Asked about what his feeling was prior to the riot that engulfed the Capitol building, Holder explained, “I wasn’t 100% sure, but it was sort of a feeling, so we prepared for that thing to happen. The reason we thought January 6 was because, in Trump’s mind, the last-ditch effort was to stop the process” of the vote certification by Congress.

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He elaborated, “That ceremonial process that takes place in Congress on January 6, he felt, was the last time where he could, in his mind, stop the election going to the wrong person, as it were. The rhetoric that was coming out was that the election was rigged, [that] we need to fight.”

According to the Guardian report, Holder has, “testified for about four hours behind closed doors last week about his roughly 100 hours of footage, used for an upcoming documentary titled Unprecedented, and turned over to House investigators the parts demanded in a subpoena compelling his cooperation.”

Lowell added, “Holder said he additionally did a one-to-one interview with then-vice president Mike Pence, including a scene where Pence briefly reviews an email about the 25th amendment – which concerns the removal of a US president – which was privately discussed among senior White House officials in the wake of the Capitol attack.”

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Meadows Allegedly Behind Possible Attempt at Witness Intimidation of Cassidy Hutchinson: Reports

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Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide and advisor to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, may be the victim of attempted witness intimidation, and the person who may have attempted to intimidate her may be her former boss.

The Guardian on Friday reports “Hutchinson received at least one message tacitly warning her not to cooperate with the House January 6 select committee from an associate of former chief of staff Mark Meadows.”

That message, according to both CNN and The Guardian, was delivered at the direction of Mark Meadows, according to sources both news outlets cite.

READ MORE: Secret Service Agents Confirm Details Hutchinson Shared About Trump Demanding to Be Taken to US Capitol Jan. 6

One of the messages that the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack posted at the end of Hutchinson’s testimony read: “[A person] let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know that he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal, and you’re going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.”

According to The Guardian, “The redaction was ‘Meadows,’ the sources said.”

READ MORE: Trump Declares Hutchinson ‘Totally Discredited’ as Former Aide Says Someone in His Orbit Tried to Influence Her Testimony

CNN similarly reports: “One of [the] people who may have been trying to influence Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony did so at the behest of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to multiple sources familiar with information gathered by the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection.”

Citing multiple sources CNN reports “the ‘person’ referred to in the message, which was redacted in the version projected on a screen during the hearing, was Meadows.”

Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi Friday afternoon on MSNBC said there is “no question” that message constitutes “an attempt to intimidate a witness. No question about it,” he stressed.

“When you then add that to the fact that it appears that they provided, her initial attorney to her, Cassidy Hutchinson, you now have a without a doubt, predication to open a federal witness tampering investigation,” Figliuzzi added.

Thursday on Twitter Figliuzzi wrote: “This is witness tampering. Cassidy Hutchinson was the target. They picked the wrong young woman.”

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