MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace unleashed fury on President Donald Trump on Thursday for claiming that the nearly 3,000-person death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was an inflated number promoted by Democrats.
As the first effects of the incoming Hurricane Florence were felt as it barreled into Carolinas, Trump first suggested on Twitter that the “really large numbers” of reported deaths were inflated before blaming it on the opposition party.
“[Three thousand] people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico,” he wrote. “When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.”
“This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico,” the president continued. “If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”
Wallace noted that she used to begin her show by joking that “the bottom was calling saying it wanted to know if we were there yet.” The host noted that she abandoned the practice, suggesting that “the bottom of our political discourse” during the Trump era is unreachable.
“What is wrong with the president, and truly, what is wrong with the White House staff that lets him deny the deaths of the people of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria?” Wallace mused. “That seems to me to be a whole new level of horror from this West Wing.”
Watch below via MSNBC: