Although he later backtracked White House spokesman Hogan Gidley took a heaping of abuse on social media after he complained about federal funds going to U.S. territory Puerto Rico while calling it "that country."
Appearing on MSNBC with host Hallie Jackson, Gidley attempted to defend President Donald Trump's reluctance to help Puerto Rico out, claiming, "“They have not come to $91 billion with all we’ve done in that country. They have had systematic mismanagement of the goods and services we sent to them. You’ve seen food rotting in the ports and their governor has done a horrible job. He is trying to find someone to take the blame off of him for not having a good grid and not having a good system in that country.”
Despite Jackson pulling him short for the comment, Twitter piled on.
You can see some of the comments below:
MSNBC's @HallieJackson to WH dep. press secretary Hogan Gidley: Trump "says Puerto Ricans are taking from the USA.… https://t.co/P5Oob1RlTZ— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz)1554215808.0
Hogan Gidley revealed today that Trumpism is just the same as don’t-know-shit-about-shit Palinism but with more racism and sneering cruelty.— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko)1554220275.0
@MattGertz @HallieJackson All the Presidents men. #bigots— RonMwangaguhung (@RonMwangaguhung)1554217742.0
@MattGertz @HallieJackson Hogan Gridley is the Kellyanne of the Scaramuccis.— Moe Murph- 45 Years of Soc. Security Payments : ( (@Moe Murph- 45 Years of Soc. Security Payments : ()1554222853.0
@MattGertz @HallieJackson Or as @foxandfriends calls it, “Caribbean Mexico.”— Sanho Tree (@Sanho Tree)1554221930.0
@NatashaBertrand @HallieJackson Hogan is really very dumb and not at all smart— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1554217012.0
@NatashaBertrand @HallieJackson I just can't, with these people. That wasn't a slip of the tongue; that's literally… https://t.co/3wn1ouNJvi— longislandtonv (@longislandtonv)1554217371.0
@NatashaBertrand @HallieJackson “That” country, with “those” people, I’m sure.— voter Freud (@voter Freud)1554215786.0
@NatashaBertrand @HallieJackson Jesus. Get these people out.— Horsesanddogs (@Horsesanddogs)1554219021.0