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.
My father died in Puerto Rico between Irma and Maria.
He died alone, without power, without his medication.
Fuck this fucking fuck and everyone who voted for him and enables him. To disregard human life like this is the lowest of his lows. https://t.co/WTuT6fQXOD
— Keith Hernandez (@keithrhernandez) September 13, 2018
As a Puerto Rican whose family still lives on the island my elderly uncle was 1 of them who died from Hurricane Maria which the death toll continues to rise. Him making up lies about Americans who are suffering deserves better than this!#PuertoRicoDeathToll #PuertoRico
— 🇵🇷L.A.Falú🌈 (@BronxBebe) September 13, 2018
@realDonaldTrump seems real unhinged & emboldened in telling blatant lies.
The data was withheld for months. They finally admitted the situation was more dire than they were admitting.
I should know, my aunt lived in Puerto Rico & she died bc of lack of access to get medical care
— Jamie D. (@JammedBus) September 13, 2018
FUCK YOU TRUMP! My uncle was one of the 3,000 people that died cause both governments didn’t provide and do their jobs to help Puerto Ricans who are Americans and are still without any kind of help and resources!#PuertoRicoDeathToll #PuertoRico #PuertoRicans https://t.co/O6o60q4H7B
— 🇵🇷L.A.Falú🌈 (@BronxBebe) September 13, 2018
@alisyn_camerota POTUS tweet about deaths in PR is shameful. Many Puerto Rican’s died due to lack of access to healthcare after the storm. My friend lost her aunt after the storm because she could not access dialysis.
— JCEquality (@jcequality) September 13, 2018
My fiancee’s grandmother was one of those who died in the months after (and was counted), and who likely would have survived had you not stalled on getting aid to the island and helping rebuild.
You don’t love Puerto Rico -you love yourself, you narcissistic piece of shit.
— Robert Cé (@elrobrex) September 13, 2018
My cousin DIED from a pulmonary embolism after standing in line four hours for a jug of gasoline in the weeks after Maria in Puerto Rico.
— Denise 2975 Bird🗣🎶🇵🇷 (@dbirdsoprano) September 13, 2018
This breaks my heart. It really does. My elderly mother died in hospital following Irma; only one visitor was allowed for short periods of time because there was no power. The wind and rain don’t have to cause your death; conditions post-hurricane are factors, too.
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 delusional, at worst, he lacks any sense of humanity. No other President could have dismissed the deaths of American citizens like this and survived. It’s past time. https://t.co/blZdVungmb
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 13, 2018
Damn, bruh, not even “thoughts and prayers”? Seriously, when did Alex Jones become president? Every time I think this monster has hit rock bottom, he sinks even lower. This is awful. https://t.co/GhcHysGJ84
— rogue goat (@BrittLovesLamp) September 13, 2018
Denying the deaths of thousands at the hands of authoritarian governments — either via neglect or outright killing — is another tactic of white supremacists and conspiracy theorists. https://t.co/gtehcR1nsD
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) September 13, 2018
Today, Trump denied the deaths of thousands of people that died in Puerto Rico. He is not a human being in any sense of the word. There truly is no bottom for Trump. A very sad day for America, a sad day for the world.
— TrentaCapelli (@OkCallMeAL) September 13, 2018
Trump’s Conspiracy Theories:
1. Obama’s birth certificate is fake.
2. Ted Cruz’s dad helped kill JFK.
3. Hillary Clinton killed Vince Foster.
4. Millions voted illegally in 2016.
5. Unemployment numbers were fake (till he took office).
6. Hurricane Maria death toll is fake. https://t.co/QR3exvrhYl
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 13, 2018
There’s a straight line from birtherism to denial of the death of thousands of innocent Americans. This is what Trumpists voted for, and what they support, and he said it plainly — those souls lost in Puerto Rico are the same people he could shoot in the middle of 5th Avenue.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) September 13, 2018
It’s amazing Trump can spout disgusting things like this, lock children in cages, refuse to condemn Nazis, etc., and he gets to carry on without consequence. What else do you need to vote every single Republican out of office for supporting this monster? https://t.co/83lIXYFY1H
— Amanda (@BeersInDenver) September 13, 2018
My wife was born in Puerto Rico. Our Monster in Chief, #Trump, just told all the families who lost loved ones due to his incompetent response to hurricane Maria to fuck off. He’s now claiming the report that 3,000 died due to the storm is part of a conspiracy. Fuck you, Trump.
— Sonic Clang (@sonicclang) September 13, 2018
Must be comforting to everyone in the path of Hurricane Florence to know that, should tragedy strike their family, the president of the United States will deny their very existence.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) September 13, 2018
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 to score another tax cut or another judge while he piles one horror on top of another should feel shame for the rest of their lives. https://t.co/9iYKeQxYvd
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) September 13, 2018