‘We Are Dying’: Puerto Rico Mayor Pleads While Trump Blames Everyone But Himself (Video)

‘We Are Dying’: Puerto Rico Mayor Pleads While Trump Blames Everyone But Himself (Video)

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“I am begging,” San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz pleaded while Donald Trump dragged his feet. “Begging anyone who can hear us. Save us from dying. I am mad as hell because my people’s lives are at stake.”

She is, of course, referring to the White House’s slow and inadequate response to the devastation Hurricane Maria has wreaked upon Puerto Rico. Rescue efforts for Houston, Texas, and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma barreled through came almost immediately. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico’s received little assistance so far in the wake of Hurricane Maria, according to CNN.

But instead of making all the required soothing noises, the GOP’s president can’t even be bothered to pretend he cares. Instead, in his typical bullying fashion, he attacked the besieged mayor’s leadership skills on Saturday in a volley of tweets. “The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” He petulantly tweeted.

Of course, that was back when Carmen Yulín Cruz thought help was coming. Donald Trump then claimed 10,000 workers are in Puerto Rico doing a fantastic job. Of course, these workers are likely doing everything they can. But they clearly don’t have adequate infrastructure or support. He then had the nerve to claim the people of Puerto Rico “want everything to be done for them.”

In other words, this island full of brown, Spanish-speaking people — who are traumatized and have just lost their homes, pets, and people they love — are just another bunch of takers in the eyes of the GOP’s president.

“Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help.” The Tweeter-in-Chief sneered.

“They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job,” he continued.

Heck of a job, Brownie. It seems like the Republican Party only gives help to Hurricane victims when they come from places that are mostly white and mostly vote Republican. Meanwhile, the people of New Orleans, the Northeastern Seaboard, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands can all go to Hell.

CNN reports the Trump administration’s response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma was far more decisive and forthcoming than their response to Hurricane Maria. 31,000 swiftly arrived from FEMA, National Guard and other federal agencies to assist in Houston back after Harvey hit on August 25 with meals, water, and supplies. After Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida on Sept. 10, 40,000 U.S. government employees came to their rescue. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have seen only 10,000 come from the U.S. government to rescue them.

It’s almost as if Donald Trump didn’t know that Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are territories of the United States.

Of course, Puerto Rico does have some unique circumstances, like their island location and their poor infrastructure. On the other hand, the lack the GOP’s president could have lifted the Jones Act sooner. As Vox points out, this arcane law from the 1920s protects U.S. ship owners from competition not only makes things more expensive for people living in Puerto Rico and other U.S. islands, it also makes it harder to ship supplies when disaster strikes. In cases of emergency, the White House normally lift the Jones Act immediately to speed the arrival of supplies.

As for Puerto Rico’s poor infrastructure, that has a lot to do with U.S. economic policies. The Jones Act allows predatory shipping companies to charge inflated prices for everything people in Puerto Rico need to buy that comes from off the island. Furthermore, Puerto Rico’s finances are in such bad shape, they’re now under the control of a federal government board, which is now controlled by Republicans. Anyone who’s seen how state emergency managers have managed bankrupt cities in Michigan, like Flint and Detroit, should know this does not bode well for Puerto Rico.

Watch: CNN reports on Donald Trump’s cruel response to Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Featured image: Composite with video screen grabs via CNN.