Trump’s Hurricane Maria Tweet a New Low in his Presidency


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Alex Evans, Production Manager

If the past year-and-a-half or so of Donald Trump’s presidency has taught the people of the United States anything, it’s that none of the outrageous comments he makes–or tweets–should come as a surprise.

The president’s latest tweet in particular, however, might’ve broken that trend and makes a case for his most ridiculous public statement to date.

On September 13, Trump sent out the following two tweets about the death toll from last year’s devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico which, still hadn’t had its power fully restored nine months after Hurricane Maria ravaged the commonwealth:












In them, the president openly denies the number of deceased from the horrific storm. He calls the total of 3,000 deaths a lie while insinuating that the Democrats purposely inflated the numbers in order to make him look bad.

While it’s not out of the realm of possibility to think that the Democrats have been doing whatever it takes to make Trump look bad (although he usually takes care of that himself), that is not the case here, and the lack of sensitivity he showed with these tweets was disheartening.

Thousands of people lost their lives, and to more or less question their deaths is an insult to both the deceased and their loved ones. By doing so, Trump is questioning a Puerto Rican government-sanctioned study’s findings, not to mention politicizing one of the worst natural disasters this area of the world has ever seen.

Tragedy should never be grounds for politicization, especially when the Trump administration was criticized for its response and recovery efforts. The latest death toll certainly confirms this to be true, but the underlying fact of the matter is that there is no need to keep commenting on this, when Hurricane Florence, which some predicted to be the worst hurricane to ever hit the U.S. north of Florida, was bearing down on North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and other areas in the region at the time.

Regardless of what one’s opinion of President Trump is, his tweets were indefensible and in no way acceptable for anyone to make, let alone someone in his position. Doing so was a slap in the face to the victims of Hurricane Maria and their families, and having the president of the United States attack citizens of his own country is a new low point in its history.