President Donald Trump has made many vile and offensive statements. Ask anyone in America what they think is the worst thing he's said and there's probably a good chance they'll be able to come up with one.
But denying the hurricane-related deaths of 2975 Americans may be the most inhuman remark President Trump has ever uttered. And the fact he did it the morning before a major deadly hurricane is about to hit the Eastern United States makes it all the worse.
Earlier Thursday morning President Trump took to Twitter to say, "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico."
Except, they did.
A Harvard study found "4645 excess deaths" due to the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. In fact, the study's authors say "this number is likely to be an underestimate because of survivor bias."
But the official study by George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health finds 2975 people died because of the hurricanes.
That independent study's results have now become the official death toll, according to the government of Puerto Rico.
By comparison, there were 2977 victims who died on 9/11.
1833 people died during Katrina.
Meanwhile, President Trump's tweets, his sheer denial of the deaths of "3000" people, have caused tremendous outrage and hurt.
Some shared personal stories of the family members they lost in Puerto Rico as a result of the Trump administration's failures.
@yashar As a Puerto Rican whose family still lives on the island my elderly uncle was 1 of them who died from Hurri… https://t.co/KDEv0B3Dgc— 🇵🇷L.A.Falú🌈 (@🇵🇷L.A.Falú🌈)1536845519.0
@realDonaldTrump seems real unhinged & emboldened in telling blatant lies. The data was withheld for months. They f… https://t.co/mVmg2aorgG— J. Judkins (@J. Judkins)1536845237.0
FUCK YOU TRUMP! My uncle was one of the 3,000 people that died cause both governments didn't provide and do their j… https://t.co/kq89VRqg3M— 🇵🇷L.A.Falú🌈 (@🇵🇷L.A.Falú🌈)1536843523.0
@alisyn_camerota POTUS tweet about deaths in PR is shameful. Many Puerto Rican’s died due to lack of access to hea… https://t.co/uc92ZBBgf9— JCEquality (@JCEquality)1536843455.0
@realDonaldTrump My cousin DIED from a pulmonary embolism after standing in line four hours for a jug of gasoline i… https://t.co/62uw5HOyqE— Denise Bird 🗣🎶🇵🇷 (@Denise Bird 🗣🎶🇵🇷)1536843116.0
And many others expressed outrage.
In the next tweet, he asserts Democrats inflated the death toll from 18 to 3000 just to attack him. At best he's de… https://t.co/NSVsjg09WY— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1536843496.0
Damn, bruh, not even “thoughts and prayers”? Seriously, when did Alex Jones become president? Every time I think th… https://t.co/VDVgTPhqNS— increasingly sexy potatoes (@increasingly sexy potatoes)1536845871.0
Denying the deaths of thousands at the hands of authoritarian governments — either via neglect or outright killing… https://t.co/qoTa54th7X— Michelangelo Signorile (@Michelangelo Signorile)1536845676.0
Today, Trump denied the deaths of thousands of people that died in Puerto Rico. He is not a human being in any sens… https://t.co/YuosoIsG5Q— Trent Capelli 🇨🇦 (@Trent Capelli 🇨🇦)1536845780.0
Trump's Conspiracy Theories: 1. Obama's birth certificate is fake. 2. Ted Cruz's dad helped kill JFK. 3. Hillary… https://t.co/8XX66LlkdH— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1536845065.0
There's a straight line from birtherism to denial of the death of thousands of innocent Americans. This is what Tru… https://t.co/zNaFDJVmsI— Anil Dash (@Anil Dash)1536845047.0
It’s amazing Trump can spout disgusting things like this, lock children in cages, refuse to condemn Nazis, etc., an… https://t.co/yU0WuomgYe— Amanda (@Amanda)1536843568.0
My wife was born in Puerto Rico. Our Monster in Chief, #Trump, just told all the families who lost loved ones due t… https://t.co/qFYYDBE159— Sonic Clang - Bye Trump!!! (@Sonic Clang - Bye Trump!!!)1536845293.0
Must be comforting to everyone in the path of Hurricane Florence to know that, should tragedy strike their family,… https://t.co/JG5fKzwzHJ— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1536843903.0
He can’t do the job. It’s been clear for a long time that he can’t. And the people conspiring to keep him in office… https://t.co/4QjZHLKg17— southpaw (@southpaw)1536843360.0