Trump attacks Puerto Rico: 'They want everything to be done for them'


Donald Trump's response to the Hurricane Maria disaster continues to be contemptible and heartless.

In a jaw-dropping display of callousness that has already sparked bipartisan outrage, Donald Trump unleashed a hateful tirade against victims of Hurricane Maria, and specifically the mayor of San Juan.

Tweeting from his country club resort early Saturday morning, Trump portrayed the people of Puerto Rico, particularly Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, as ungrateful players in the disaster.

Residents in Puerto Rico have no power and many may not have power until 2018. There’s a dangerous shortage of water, food, and fuel, and Trump is blaming these American citizens for not doing their part in fix the situation.

His heartless behavior borders on the inhumane, and it was immediately greeted with guttural denunciations from across the political spectrum.

From an editor at the conservative National Review:

To Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has been deeply active in the Puerto Rico relief effort:

Obviously, Trump is lashing out in response to the mounting criticism that his administration hasn’t done enough to help Puerto Rico, more than one week after the story demolished the island, and that he has taken a passive, indifferent approach compared to the active one he took when hurricanes barreled into Texas and Florida this summer.

Specifically, Trump’s responding to the righteous indignation of San Juan’s mayor who on Friday pleaded for American assistance.

"I will do what I never thought I was going to do," Cruz declared. "I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency."

As with Charlottesville, Virginia, and the white nationalist violence that erupted there, Trump has faced a national crisis in Puerto Rico. And not only has he failed to act responsibly — he’s failed to act with any decency at all.