I Agree About Puerto Rico

Thousands died. But perhaps if the media wasn't trying so hard to always blame Trump, he'd be less defensive.

The death toll in Puerto Rico is several thousand. President Trump is wrong to dismiss the dead. He is wrong to tell loved ones of the dead that their dead do not count. Thousands of people died in the aftermath of the hurricane due to lack of power, lack of clean water, etc. It all followed from the hurricane and is directly related thereto.

But here's the part that will get you mad.

If the media hadn't been on a witch hunt to pin the dead on Donald Trump, he would not have tweeted what he tweeted rejecting that death total. The fact is the Puerto Rican state is bankrupt and many of his politicians are deeply corrupt. While the federal government could have done a better job, the corrupt, waste, and incompetence in Puerto Rico was the overwhelming factor in lives lost.

After all, in the now famous picture of the water bottles, those bottles of water got delivered to Puerto Rico. But Puerto Rico did not distribute them. That was not Donald Trump's fault.

In the run up to Hurricane Florence, most major media outlets have decided to relitigate Hurricane Maria and make it all about Trump.

The President should not have tweeted what he did. But I think the media needs to do a better job of avoiding making every story about Donald Trump. There is and has been a very real bias against the President in relation to this storm at the expense of pointing out the corruption and incompetence of the people on the ground working on behalf of the Puerto Rican government.

Not everything is Donald Trump's fault and when the media tries to make it his fault, he gets defensive and will deny facts to avoid media accusations. While his behavior is unhelpful in that regard, the media witch hunt is unhelpful as well.

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Dave_A
Dave_A

Trump could very easily have made the entire Maria death toll about the incompetence of the island's leadership & the fiscal nightmare that teed them up for societal collapse the moment anything slightly bad happened to PR...

But that would have required some political competence & brain power... Instead, we got a pissing match with the news media over casualty counts...

CFJ
CFJ

If Trump didn't have the skin thickness of a teenage girl, we wouldn't get these twitterstorms full of lies.

But, hey... it's the media's fault. LOL

Still Jules
Still Jules

Finally, a little information on that figure.

It was guesswork.

That's right---it was not a list of people who died for any reason related to the storm. It didn't even reflect COUNTING actual people who died in ways that could be related to the storm. It was a guess, arrived at by looking at how many people "they" could have expected to die during a certain period and then looking at how many people DID die. In what "certain period"? No one knows.

What is a death caused by a hurricane? That would be a death due directly to the storm---drowning, being hit by a falling tree, etc. But when you get into "caused by the storm" you get farther afield, and then when you get to "related to the storm" it is all guesswork. Say an obese man with high blood pressure sees his blood pressure go up even more because his house was destroyed, and six months later he has a heart attack. "Caused by"? "Related to"? Or just something that was going to happen no matter what because he was obese and had high blood pressure before the storm? What about an infection that might have been caused by bacteria in flood water? What about long-term lung damage due to mold in houses that had been submerged?

If you are going to link deaths like these to the hurricane, with the argument that without the hurricane the area would not have flooded, the man would not have been so stressed, the house would not have developed mold, at least be honest enough to admit that the immediate response to the hurricane would not have made any difference.

This whole thing is the usual use of questionable data that goes unquestioned because it can be used as a political bludgeon with which to attack the president.

Bpante
Bpante

As usual Trump was right. If anything he went easy. Puerto Rico (Welfare Island) was a S&*t Hole before the storm, and it's their own fault. FEMA delivered Hundreds of thousands of tons of supplies that are still in piles. because they were too lazy to help themselves.

Tiredofthelies
Tiredofthelies

I guess Erick now thinks the media shouldn't cover anything that makes Trump look bad because they know he will do and say anthing to combat it. I swear what has happened to the right. To take a stance that we can't mention a legit death toll because it sets off the petulant man baby in the white house.

This just in Trump's feelings mean more to Erick Erickson than 3000 dead americans. How's that for pro-life?

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