Between last Wednesday, September 20, and last night (Monday, September 25), Donald Trump tweeted once about Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico. It simply said, “We are with you and the people of Puerto Rico. Stay safe!
#PRStrong.” That was very nice of him, though it did come off as sort of an obligation before he could tweet what was of more concern to him.
In contrast, he tweeted 22 times attacking athletes. Oops, 23. He let another one fly after I started that paragraph. You would think Colin Kaepernick and Stephen Curry were threatening to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.
For good measure, he also tweeted about Iran test firing a missile that never happened. Man, I hope he doesn’t hear that debunked story about Reese’s planning to end production of peanut butter cups. I don’t think I can handle four days of that national outrage.
Trump finally returned his focus to Puerto Rico last night, which means General Kelly’s nerves were being tested. With three tweets, he stated, “Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble.. …It’s old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars…. …owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities – and doing well.
#FEMA“ Someone found Wikipedia. I hope it wasn’t a link Jared sent from his private email account.
Personal note to Frank, my proofreader: Don’t send me any corrections for the italicized text in the last paragraph. That’s all Trump.
But, at least he is focusing on the actual issues a president should be focusing…crap, he just tweeted about the NFL again.
Puerto Rico is in massive debt. It’s tough for a territory that doesn’t have representation in the federal government, can’t vote for president, and is in a location where imports have to be shipped to the mainland before they can be delivered to the island, which is farther away from Florida than the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
Maria has wiped them out. In addition to having much of their infrastructure destroyed by a category five hurricane, they’ve had to struggle with floods. They’re in need of the most basic necessities, like food, water, electricity, information, etc. A major dam may break flooding even more neighborhoods. It may be six months before the island has electricity, which means they won’t find out about this Trump/NFL crap for a long time. When they do finally have electricity returned, they’ll have a lot of Trump fuckery to catch up with. This NFL stuff will be old news for the rest of us if we haven’t been blown up yet.
For me personally, one of the most troubling aspects is there are people on the mainland who can’t make contact with friends and family in Puerto Rico. They don’t know if they’re alive, doing OK, if their homes are destroyed, or what. In the next day or so, I may be using my network of readers to see if I can locate family members of friends of mine.
We have enough mayhem without a president instigating more. Last week, there were nine players in the NFL who knelt while the anthem was played. Last Sunday, every team had players kneeling. Even Jerry Jones was on his knees.
Maybe Trump should focus on the real issues at hand instead of calling athletes “sons of bitches.” He can focus on North Korea and that “Little Rocket Man” has better words than the “dotard.” Don’t forget, Texas and Florida are still rebuilding areas. And on top of all that, he can put some effort into Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans are Americans. A patriot would want to take care of them instead of getting his panties in a twist over kneeling athletes.
Or he’ll notice they’re not kneeling for the American national anthem in the CFL and the news cycle will just go to shit again.
Creative note for the geeks: I draw with a stylus and about a year ago a bought a package of new nibs. I put the new package in my desk drawer and continued to use the original nib that came with the stylus. When I was finishing yesterday’s cartoon I noticed that there was a lot of resistance between the tablet and the stylus, so I finally put in a new nib after using the original for a year and a half. I had to get used to drawing on glass all over again with this cartoon because the new nib is very slick. I told you this note would be very geeky.
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