Trump’s Tweets on Puerto Rico Are a National Disgrace
Nothing shows leadership like attacking the victims of a deadly hurricane.
That’s what Americans learned on Saturday morning, waking up to the news that the president – already under fire for his administration’s inadequate response to Hurricane Maria’s devastation – is now lashing out at the mayor of San Juan.
From the safety and comfort of his New Jersey golf resort, Trump attacked Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Twitter. “The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” he rage-tweeted at 7:19 AM. With this sentence alone, the president politicized the unfolding tragedy in Puerto Rico, based on nothing but his bruised ego and bad headlines.
It seems almost grotesque that Trump views Cruz’s begging for help in saving lives as an attempt to make him look bad.
Cruz has emerged as a powerful voice for her city, and for the island by extension, as she has pleaded publicly for more relief efforts. She has not, in fact, been “nasty” to Trump or FEMA workers. On Friday on MSNBC, she made an emotional plea for help saying, “If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying. And you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy.” She wondered why the U.S., with all its military might and power, could not figure out the logistics for an island that is 100 miles long and 35 miles wide.
There have been at least 16 confirmed deaths in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, although that number is expected to rise. Most Puerto Ricans on the island are still without power, gas, food, or running water. Numerous media outlets have reported on the slow pace of relief efforts, which have already drawn comparisons to the Bush administration’s botched response to Katrina.. A report in the Washington Post, for example, explained how the president’s weekend at his golf club slowed his administration’s initial response to the disaster.
In the face of such a crisis, on social media our president chose to focus on what he called “such poor leadership” by Cruz. Never mind that the mayor has been seen wading through waist-high water trying to rescue stranded residents, and has gone on little sleep for over a week. Or that the three-star general in charge of leading the relief effort has stated that there are “not enough” troops and supplies on hand for the recovery. Even the acting head of Homeland Security, who had earlier claimed that Puerto Rico was a “good news story” has admitted that the relief effort is “not satisfactory.”
Yet the person the president chose to go after was a Latina, a woman of color who dared to call his administration out.
Still, Trump wasn’t finished. Not content to merely politicize a humanitarian crisis, he injected it with a note of thinly-disguised racism. Referring to the people of Puerto Rico, he tweeted that “They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
These words are shameful. If the president hadn’t been so busy last weekend tweeting about flags and football players, he would understand that what is happening in Puerto Rico is by default a community effort. The residents of Puerto Rico – about 3.5 million American citizens – went through the hurricane on their own. They have indeed been helping each other, searching for food and fuel, and looking for their loved ones in the absence of a more robust government response.
Leave it to our Race-baiter-in-Chief to resort to the tired tropes that minorities want everything done for them, that they’re lazy, and that they are dependent on the government. These sentiments are offensive in the best of times. In the wake of a catastrophic weather event, they are despicable. Coming from this president, they are yet another sign of his lack of empathy, his lack of respect for women, and his indifference to the concerns of Latinos.
Trump’s response to the mayor of San Juan reveals how unfit he is for office. He apparently cannot handle pressure without resorting to personal attacks on others. He seems to lack any sense of personal accountability. He is easily angered. Even when lives are literally at stake, he is still in his element behaving like a bully. As of today, Trump has hit a new point for unacceptable behavior – and provided his fellow Republicans with more opportunities to distance themselves from him.
And the saddest thing of all here? Trump’s personal pathologies will provide another distraction to the media from the humanitarian crisis unfolding on U.S. territory.
Trump’s latest tweets on Puerto Rico constitute a national disgrace. At a time of major national emergency, he has – again – shown the world just how small he really is.
Harvey Weinstein to TWC Board, ‘I’m Sorry, I Have a Real Problem’
Harvey Weinstein was apologetic and contrite during the Board of Directors meeting Tuesday when he resigned under pressure from the Board … sources connected to the meeting tell TMZ.
We’re told there was no screaming, no yelling, no anger. Harvey Weinstein told the Board, “I have a real problem,” and then apologized for the “trouble and confusion” he caused TWC.
We’re told Weinstein, who was on speaker phone from Arizona, told the Board he needed to build a new life and move on.
Our sources say everyone sounded conciliatory … partly because the handwriting was on the wall. The Board made it clear Weinstein had a legal obligation to resign from the Board after it ratified his firing from TWC. He did just that.
Harvey, we’re told, was “peaceful” during the meeting and Bob was subdued.
We’re told the sense of the Board is that Harvey Weinstein will not force his firing to arbitration or court.
Our sources say both Harvey and Bob Weinstein have an overriding interest in making sure Colony Capital succeeds in restructuring the company — money. The each have roughly 21% equity interest in TWC, and if the company fails, they walk away with nothing.
As one source put it, “Harvey and Bob have a huge stake in making sure Colony Capital can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”
As much as Donald Trump loves to brag about how rich he is, turns out he’s a lot less wealthy than he was a year ago.
Forbes magazine has just released their annual ranking of the 400 richest Americans has some very bad news for the Donald: His net worth has fallen drastically by $600 million, meaning he’s only worth an estimated $3.1 billion. That drops him 92 spots on the Top 400 list, from #146 to #248.
What led to the sudden drop in Trump’s worth? Forbes notes:
“A tough New York real estate market, particularly for retail locations; a costly lawsuit and an expensive presidential campaign.”
Ironically, America’s richest people are richer than they were in 2016, but not Trump.
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For the 24th year in a row, Bill Gates tops the list, with an estimated net worth of $89 billion. Here’s the rest of the top 10:
Jeff Bezos, Amazon, $67 billion
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, $65.5 billion
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, $55.5 billion
Larry Ellison, Oracle, $49.3 billion
Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg LP, $45 billion
Charles Koch, Koch Industries, $42 billion
David Koch, Koch Industries, $42 billion
Larry Page, Google, $48.5 billion
Sergey Brin, Google, $37.5 billion
And Trump fared even worse on the Bloomberg’s worldwide billionaires list, which rates his worth at $2.86 billion. That doesn’t even qualify him to be named as one of the 500 richest people in the world.
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Expect a Trump Twitter meltdown before the end of business Tuesday.
Trump Just Spread This Horrible Lie About the Last Few Presidents
ust a day after Donald Trump’s controversial blatantly false remarks that former President Barack Obama and the other presidents didn’t call the families of soldiers killed in action ignited the internet, the president is at it again. At a radio event at the White House, Trump doubled-down on his comments, telling Fox News Radio host Brian Killmeade, “I mean, you could ask General [John] Kelly did he get a call from Obama. You could ask other people. I don’t know what Obama’s policy was.”
By General John Kelly, Trump was referring to his beleaguered chief of staff, who tragically lost his son in 2010. First Lieutenant Robert Michael Kelly was leading a unit when he stepped on a concealed explosive device.
Kelly – *understandably* – didn’t comment on Trump’s allegations, and while former White House aides can’t remember Obama calling him, they do remember that the former president did something even better than call…
He hosted Kelly at a private breakfast for Gold Star families.
Former WH photographer Pete Souza posts photo of 44 meeting w family of fallen Army Sgt. after Pres. Trump says Obama didn’t make calls pic.twitter.com/eb0W68X2Kx
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) October 16, 2017
White House visitor logs show that John Kelly and his wife went to the breakfast hosted by the Obamas in May 2011. Kelly and his family were reportedly seated at former First Lady Michelle Obama’s table.
News of this heartwarming gesture comes after Trump back-tracked, then doubled down on his claims that former presidents didn’t call Gold Star families.
He did so in response to the criticism that he had yet to speak about the four soldiers killed in a Niger ambush by a group thought to be related to the Islamic State.
“I actually wrote letters individually to the soldiers [families] we’re talking about, and they’re going to be going out either today or tomorrow,” he said, further stating that he meant to call them personally.
“Most of them didn’t make calls,” Trump said, although he did add it’s possible Obama sometimes did call.
that’s a fucking lie. to say president obama (or past presidents) didn’t call the family members of soldiers KIA – he’s a deranged animal.
— Alyssa Mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) October 16, 2017
For the record, the past presidents did call and write letters. This was a big part of presidential duty and one that most presidents took very heavily – especially President Obama.
As a former White House official spoke to Buzzfeed News, “President Obama engaged families of the fallen and wounded warriors throughout his presidency through calls, letters, visits to Section 60 at Arlington, visits to Walter Reed, visits to Dover, and regular meetings with Gold Star Families at the White House and across the country.”
We can’t help but wonder if Trump has sent those letters yet.