Donald Trump has tweeted about the NFL 24 times over the past five days. Puerto Rico has been worthy of a whole four tweets. Yes, a U.S. territory home to 3.4 million Americans and facing a devastating humanitarian crisis, has received the president’s attention a whole four times.
The entire island lost power, and there continue to be water, food and fuel shortages. Less than 20 percent of the hospitals have power, while everyday people are struggling without any of life’s necessities.
But Trump is choosing to be angry about a political statement some NFL players are making in response to the deadly racism they experience in this country. It’s good he knows a real emergency when he sees one.
Let’s be clear: a week ago a category 4 hurricane devastated Puerto Rico. This was after the island got clipped by Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane, only weeks earlier. The photos are harrowing, and folks that are stateside have struggled to even find out if their loved ones survived because most of the cell service has been wiped out. There is a desperate need for basic resources and a clear recovery plan.
Some advocates are calling for the U.S. to temporarily suspend the Jones Act, which prevents non-American ships from delivering aid. In a time of crisis, this slows down the process of getting much needed supplies — like potable water, food, tarps, medicine, and hygiene products — to the people living through this.
When Trump finally did ease up on tweeting about the actions of some athletes to bring attention to Puerto Rico, he chose to talk about their debt.
The priorities of this man would be baffling if it wasn’t for the fact that he’s a dangerous narcissist clearly invested in advancing a white supremacist agenda.
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