New York City Council member — and San Juan, PR native — Melissa Mark-Viverito told MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace on Friday that she is disgusted with President Donald Trump’s attempts to blame the people of Puerto Rico for his administration’s slow-moving and inept response to Hurricane Maria.
“The FEMA and this administration was not ready,” she said. “At the go, resources should have been on the ground to get supplies to the areas that needed it, to be responsive. And the first sign of leadership is to say, ‘You know what? We screwed up. We didn’t respond in time.'”
Instead, Mark-Viverito said, “What he’s doing is he’s continuing to try to make it seem like it’s our fault, the people on the island, for what has happened, that somehow they were not prepared for it and it’s their responsibility. He wasn’t saying that about Texas. He wasn’t saying that about Florida. He’s saying that about Puerto Rico — and let’s not forget the U.S. Virgin Islands, too. There is a double standard. I think it’s racist. It’s prejudicial and it’s very, very clear that we’re not being treated as U.S. citizens, which we are.”
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