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… https://t.co/l4vmoYeQZF— Rick Scott (@Rick Scott)1536853554.0
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.
@ScottforFlorida @POTUS Right. Mayors stealing relief supplies, truck drivers refusing to report for work at the p… https://t.co/IeITHR6vHX— Bob Smalser (@Bob Smalser)1536853868.0
@ScottforFlorida @POTUS Stated like a politician running for a Senate seat. Trying to degrade @POTUS, who is under… https://t.co/lNEXLQIntH— Carol 🇺🇸 (@Carol 🇺🇸)1536854773.0
@ScottforFlorida @POTUS I see you have all the socialist bots commenting to this post The deaths in PR occurred mu… https://t.co/fWcreTWhdc— Gator Dennis (@Gator Dennis)1536854576.0
@ScottforFlorida @jaketapper @POTUS Ok, but why do the ungrateful wretches expect that federal tax money should reb… https://t.co/gUMJewZeHa— Pray For Israel (@Pray For Israel)1536855064.0
@ScottforFlorida @POTUS You have disappointed me with your critical comments about our great President! I have chan… https://t.co/6frZhSS4CD— Glenda Ely (@Glenda Ely)1536855597.0
@ScottforFlorida @followtheh @POTUS Regarding PR deaths :PR Power Authority employees say that for decades, near-t… https://t.co/6HaGmoGTmG— TEXAN BY BIRTH AND CHOICE (@TEXAN BY BIRTH AND CHOICE)1536855262.0
@ScottforFlorida @POTUS you dont help yourself disagreeing with maga - tell him offline. only reason you have my vo… https://t.co/wc8yDnc4MW— franklanda1 (@franklanda1)1536856060.0