The Time Has Come for Puerto Rican Statehood
So the question is being asked: does Trump care about Puerto Rico’s hurricane victims?
“Those outside the capital were still struggling without power, while locals reported clean water and medicines were also scarce.”
“But many in the US – of which Puerto Rico is a territory – are questioning whether their president cares about the 3.5 million American citizens whose lives have been turned upside down.”
“A quick glance at Donald Trump’s Twitter feed over the weekend – arguably the president’s preferred method of communication – gave no hint of the unfolding humanitarian crisis.”
“Instead, his attention was firmly focused on whether or not American footballers knelt or stood during the national anthem.”
It’s not a hard question: the answer is no, of course, he doesn’t. Why not? Because they’re not white.
Indeed, Trump seemed not to realize Puerto Rico is part of the United States. However, after Hillary Clinton, in an interview on the Chris Hayes show, called him out for ignoring Puerto Rico, he finally commented on the island.
Unfortunately it was just to call them out on their ‘massive debt.’
“Officials are calling thea humanitarian disaster. Six days after Hurricane Maria hit, millions are struggling for basic necessities like adequate food, water, fuel and electricity. Eighty percent of the island’s transmission lines are down, and power may not be restored for more than a month.”
“In a series of tweets Monday night, President Trump said the U.S. territory’s old electrical grid was “devastated.” He also appeared critical of the island’s financial problems, tweeting they owed “billions of dollars to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.”
Who says he doesn’t care? He seems to be suggesting their hurricane is God’s Punishment for high debt.
The Daily Kos:
“Hey, don’t you get it yet? For the first couple of days, Trump didn’t completely understand Puerto Ricans were actually Americans.”
“Now he understands that but:
A. They have brown skin and speak Spanish
B. Puerto Ricans who voted in the Republican Primary voted to nominate Marco Rubio with 70% of the vote. Donald Trump came in a distant second place with 13% of the vote. The result was a big win for Marco Rubio, as he took all 23 delegates (Trump took zero).
“Finally, C. Clinton would have destroyed him in the general election had Puerto Rican’s been able to vote.”
I will bet anything that:
1. Over 1,000 Puerto Ricans will die unnecessarily due to delayed government response (aid organization reports will confirm this) – and we’ll be lucky if it’s less than 5,000 dead –
2. Trump will authorize the most minimal, meager, response ever and
3. He won’t visit
4. Trump will not do anything to aid them in rebuilding, nothing. He’ll whine, bitch and moan if congress does anything – maybe even threaten to veto it
“Let me be clear: Trump does not care about Puerto Ricans at all. At all. At all.”
“And there is nothing you or I can do to stop this from happening.”
“Puerto Rico will pay with its people’s lives for the selfishness and hatred of white voters.”
We need Puerto Rican statehood-as well as Washington DC statehood. The fact that neither are states is due to this very same selfishness and hatred of white voters.
Meanwhile tiny white states like Wyoming have absurd levels of influence relative to population.
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