San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has been having a tough couple of weeks, to say the least. Not only has she been dealing with the devastation after Hurricane Maria left some 3.4 million people on the island of Puerto Rico struggling to survive, but she’s had to play nice to the dumbass president who thought he was at a damn basketball game and began shooting rolls of paper towels into hordes of hurricane survivors.
On Tuesday, Cruz called the president the “miscommunicator in chief,” saying that he lacked “common courtesy,” The Hill reports. Cruz noted that the president missed an opportunity to endear himself to the people of Puerto Rico, and instead the president did what he’s always done best: make every appearance about him and how much he’s loved.
He truly is a horrible person, and if the paper-towel free-throw shooting wasn’t ridiculous enough, he also compared the number of Puerto Ricans dead from the hurricane with the death toll from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
“He minimized our suffering by saying that Katrina was a ‘real disaster,’” Cruz said in an interview Tuesday night on MSNBC, The Hill reports. Cruz added that the president’s comments were “insulting to the people of Puerto Rico.”
Like most right-brain-thinking, warm-blooded Americans, Cruz doesn’t fuck with Donald Trump. They’ve been beefing since the hurricane touched down, and rightly so. She’s on the ground watching people die, and Trump can’t get out of his feelings to elicit the appropriate response to a disaster.
Name another time in American history when a president not only implies that the citizens who’ve just suffered a major crisis are lazy, and then, when he finally does show up at the scene of said crisis, he’s shooting rolls of paper towels into the crowd like he was walking around a charity basketball game giving away free T-shirts.
I don’t know how those who defend this man ... wait a minute, I do, and he’s a racist and they’re racists, so their interests align.
Cruz went on to describe the meeting with Puerto Rico’s officials as a “PR, 17-minute event,” and she’s right, and she’s been right since the disaster started.
“The terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions of people, it does not embody the spirit of the American nation,” she said.
That’s where I think she’s wrong; this is the new America, which looks a lot like the old America, which looks a lot like the antebellum South America and Jim Crow America. It’s just that this president doesn’t have any filter. He’s not as good at faking his disdain for nonwhites.
Cruz did add that she believes that the meetings with White House staff on Tuesday were productive.
“I really felt that the second part of the meetings today, with the White House staff, were conducive to bridging the gap between the disconnect of what they say is happening … and what really is happening,” she said.
I don’t think the president was involved in those meetings, which just happened to be the most productive.
Read more at The Hill.