In a closing editorial comment, CNN’s Jake Tapper lectured and shamed President Donald Trump for playing political games with the close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans who died in Hurricane Maria.
Addressing the camera as if speaking to Trump, the State of the Union host was blunt and to the point.
“President Trump is making it clear this week that when it came to the national tragedy caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, he seems to think that the real victim is him,” Tapper began.
“The president is continuing to dispute the official death toll of close to 3,000 people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria saying Democrats made up the number, quote, ‘like magic,'” Tapper continued. “Of course, the president is combining a few of his favorite things here: blaming the Democrats, tending to the needs of his ego and reputation, and carelessly spreading conspiracy theories without ever issuing a fraction of proof to back up what he’s saying.”
“He did this for years perpetuating the lie that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States and claiming that he saw thousands of Muslims celebrating 9/11 from rooftops, suggesting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s father might have been involved in the assassination of JFK and he only lost the popular vote because 3 to 5 million people voted illegally.”
“Now in the middle of another deadly storm, he dismisses the Puerto Rico death toll and takes an undeserved victory lap around an island still suffering,” Tapper charged. “Taking issue with the methodology of the study is one thing but dismissing those numbers as an attempt to victimize him, that’s another.”
“I hope you consider sending a message of support to say you stand with all of the U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico that lost loved ones, it would be an act of respect and empathy,” the CNN host continued. “On election night, Mr. Trump pledged to be a president for all Americans. Puerto Ricans are Americans, too, Mr. President.”
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