Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is the Republican Party’s nominee for Senate in the Sunshine State, took to Twitter on Thursday to dispute President Donald Trump’s claim that 3,000 Puerto Ricans didn’t actually die due to Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Specifically, Scott wrote that he “disagrees” with Trump’s claim that Democrats fabricated the entire death toll to make him look bad, and he said that “an independent study said thousands were lost” on Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria last year, despite earlier estimates that just 64 people had died.
“I’ve been to Puerto Rico seven times and saw devastation firsthand,” Scott concluded. “The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching. I’ll continue to help Puerto Rico.”
I disagree with @POTUS– an independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. Rosselló agreed. I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand. The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching. I'll continue to help PR
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) September 13, 2018
Scott’s decision to accurately cite hurricane death toll statistics did not sit well with many Trump supporters, however, and they accused him of being “just another liberal” because he contradicted the president.
Check out some of the reactions below.
Right. Mayors stealing relief supplies, truck drivers refusing to report for work at the port, half-assed construction standards, widespread corruption and a manana culture had nothing to do with it.https://t.co/zbdZ9ZWuE0https://t.co/OgdJqFkoGthttps://t.co/39c3AM21rS
— Bob Smalser (@spraguepond) September 13, 2018
Your making a mistake by falling for liberal trap, It took 1yr to find out how died.
Americans are not stupid the argument lacks common sense, the Gov. of PR should shoulder the blame. Libs Dem using death of Puerto Rico souls for votes in #FL that's cold & sick
— Croatan Sound (@Croatansound) September 13, 2018
Stated like a politician running for a Senate seat. Trying to degrade @POTUS, who is under constant attack for EVERYTHING, doesn’t need someone he has helped tremendously trying to stick it to him. Not a good look on you @ScottforFlorida!
— Carol Jordan Will (@CarolJordanWill) September 13, 2018
I see you have all the socialist bots commenting to this post
The deaths in PR occurred much later after the storm when supplies were hoarded instead of being distributed. Beside PR leaders care nothing about the people just their own pockets – just like dems in US
— Gator Dennis (@gatorDennis) September 13, 2018
Ok, but why do the ungrateful wretches expect that federal tax money should rebuild the whole island? FEMA money is for EMERGENCY relief, to save lives. Puerto Rico has to take it from there.
— Pray For Israel (@athelass) September 13, 2018
You have disappointed me with your critical comments about our great President! I have changed my mind about you and will NOT vote for you to be Senator in Florida!
— Glenda Ely (@glendabelle_11) September 13, 2018
Regarding PR deaths :PR Power Authority employees say that for decades, near-total control by the governor's office has led to the power authority being stuffed with unqualified, politically connected managers. Electricity is the base problem. Not congress or Trump.
— Mitchell Fitzhenry (@aje430150) September 13, 2018
you dont help yourself disagreeing with maga – tell him offline. only reason you have my vote is nelson is a bigger crook but you piss us off enough we wont vote at all like with mccain. two bad choices is no choice at all. i ONLY want YOU in to support MAGA ! If u cant no vote
— franklanda1 (@franklanda15) September 13, 2018