ACT ONE: THE TODDLER-IN-CHIEF TAKES TO TWITTER
The President’s ridiculously reality-blind twitterfart last week when the Adult Day Care was apparently short-staffed:
He and he alone is in charge of FEMA. Did anyone ever believe that a President with the resources, ability and Goddamn DUTY to help American citizens in mortal danger just THREE WEEKS after a devastating hurricane would talk as if doing his job were some sort of an option?
We can’t keep the Federal Emergence Management Agency in Puerto Rico forever? Oh really? Are we also getting impatient with the recovery efforts in Texas & Florida? FEMA is also spending over $1 billion on both Hurricane Matthew (2016) and Hurricane Sandy from way back in 2012. And what could possibly be the difference between those four hurricane recovery efforts and Puerto Rico’s?
ACT TWO: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED?
Trump prefers to use his own facts or (better yet) have them pre-chewed and fed into his baby-brain by the mother birds of Fox & Friends or made up from whole cloth by the team of toadies he’s surrounded himself with. This bullshit bubble wrap may help to protect his fragile ego, but it bears no relation to the reality on the ground in Puerto Rico.
Some current numbers via Crooked CNN:
So far, Maria has claimed the lives of 45 people in Puerto Rico, and that number may climb, as 117 others remain unaccounted for. “You can expect that most of those missing people are dead,” said John Mutter, a Columbia University disaster specialist who studied the death toll after Hurricane Katrina. Mutter believes the number of dead in Puerto Rico is considerably higher. “It’s just seems implausible that it could be so low,” he said.
83% of Puerto Ricans have no power. That means no internet, no way to get cell phones working, and limited means to communicate or get information.
The drinking water situation is particularly dire. Thirty-six percent of Puerto Ricans are without potable water. That’s more than 1.2 million people who are struggling to find a most critical resource. The situation is so bad that the US Environmental Protection Agency recently revealed some desperate citizens are trying to break into wells at hazardous wastes sites just to get water, even though the water there is unsafe to drink.
Waterways on the island provide no safe relief. Raw sewage continues to spill into rivers and streams. Urine and fluids from animals, dead and alive, mix with chemicals and human sewage, meaning the water isn’t just dangerous for drinking. It’s dangerous to be around at all.
The entire article is well worth your time.
I was shaken by the number of people without access to drinkable water and drinking from toxic Superfund sites. Are we beginning to see why the “fake news” label is so desperately important to President Trump?
Also check out San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz on the water emergency with a lot of footage of Puerto Rico’s devastation in the background: