Puerto Rico

Making Trump Look Bad


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At this point, devotees and true believers of Kim Jong Un, the guy who they believe can talk to dolphins and doesn’t poop, are looking at Trump supporters and saying “damn.”

We all know Trump lies, I mean most us know it. But, damn. Not only does Trump lie, he takes it to despicable levels where he disrespects the dead and their survivors.

Trump is now claiming that 3,000 people did not die in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

Instead of focusing on the hurricane that’s currently hitting the Carolinas, Trump is still arguing about the “unsung success” that was his response to the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico a year ago.

In two tweets, Trump said, “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. 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. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”

Democrats did not fabricate a death toll to make Trump look bad. The count actually comes from a study conducted by The Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington University. If they had actually counted deaths in Puerto Rico the way Trump accuses, the total would be around 16,000.

Trump’s statement was so horrible, that several Republicans almost criticized him for it.

The very first problem I have with Donald Trump is that he’s a liar. I’m a journalist so facts are important to me. Sure, all politicians lie, but Trump tells the truth about as often as other politicians lie. I believe we deserve better than a president who challenges facts so much and lies to us. What puzzles me is that Trump’s supporters don’t believe they deserve better, and maybe they’re right. But we do.

The second problem on the extremely long list of problems with Trump is that he’s heartless and focused only on himself. While aides are bringing in giant colored graphs and charts to keep his focus on Florence explaining how “big” and “wet” it is (because he needs pictures more than words), he’s still busy screaming at the mayor of San Juan, which is easy for him because she’s a she and Hispanic. His denial of the death toll perfectly illustrates how little Trump cares about others, and how much he cares about himself.

And, after those two problems with Trump, we can add all the others, like the stupidity, the corruption, the stealing from charities, the nepotism, colluding with Russia, the racism, the sexism, porking porn stars, lusting for his daughter, etc., take your pick. Donald Trump is a smorgasbord of awfulness.

With Trump’s supporters the way they are, why should Trump stop at denying the death toll? They’ll believe anything he says. He can tell them there wasn’t a hurricane. There’s not even a place called Puerto Rico. It’s just fictional like Namibia or the United Shtates. Why, the media, under Obama’s leadership, concocted Puerto Rico just to make Trump look bad. The entire Deep State is in on it. The hurricane was faked like the moon landing and the Access Hollywood tape. In fact, if 3,000 people did die in Puerto Rico, Ted Cruz’s dad killed them before Trump started liking Ted Cruz.

If you don’t believe him, just ask the dolphins. They’ll also tell you that he never poops.

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Go With The Flo


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If you are near the coastline in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia, keep in mind while Hurricane Florence is approaching that Donald Trump believes he did a bang-up job with Puerto Rico.

While meeting with the director of FEMA, Trump told reporters, “I think probably the hardest one we had by far was Puerto Rico because of the island nature, and I actually think it was one of the best jobs that’s ever been done with respect to what this is all about. He continued, saying that Puerto Rico’s power grid was in “very bad shape” and that the U.S. territory was in “bankruptcy” before Hurricanes Maria and Irma hit last year. “I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success,” he said.

Keep in mind, Hurricane Maria led to the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans in Puerto Rico which would make it the second-deadliest hurricane in American history. This, for a president who refuses to believe in facts, qualifies as an “unsung success.” What else remains unsung in the Trump administration is Climate Change.

Don’t worry too much about the government not being ready this time, even though Trump won’t admit it wasn’t ready last time. Sure, Trump was surprised to learn the governor of Puerto Rico was not the president of what he later learned was an island, but he’s much more up to speed this time as he told reporters that this hurricane is “very big and wet.”

I feel better.

We also just learned that FEMA only gave 75 people funeral assistance, approving aid for just three percent of the 2,431 requests the agency received. Trump has called the situation in Puerto Rico not a “real catastrophe like Hurricane Katrina,” probably because that happened during another administration.

Another tidbit to keep in mind as Flo storms toward the Carolinas and Virginia is that FEMA just had $10 million diverted from its budget to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. What does ICE need the funds for? The official request stated it was for “higher priority detention and removal requirements.” That means baby jails. Diverting a huge chunk of FEMA’s budget at the start of hurricane season is a move made by people with the lack of compassion and empathy it takes to rip immigrant families apart.

While George W. Bush will be forever linked to Iraq and Katrina, Trump will have hurricanes and baby jails. His Democratic successor will have the rebuilding everything Trump destroyed.

While evacuating to escape Hurricane Florence, you won’t be blamed if you’re tempted to keep evacuating until you’re out the country.

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Puerto Rico Death Toll


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Mollie Tibbetts was a student at the University of Iowa who disappeared on July 18, 2018. Her body was found a month later and the suspect in her murder is a 24-year-old Mexican in this country illegally.

Conservatives have played this up as an argument for Trump’s racist border wall and for stronger anti-immigration policies.

The suspect was an employee at Yarrabee Farms, owned by Craig Lang, a prominent Republican in Iowa. As part of his employment, he was allowed to live rent-free on the farm’s property. The Lang family claimed they had vetted his immigration status through the E-Verify program. After that agency indicated Yarrabee Farms did not subscribe to the E-Verify program, they changed their story and said they had checked with the Social Security Administration and that the immigrant had given them false information on his status.

Donald Trump has played this up, much like he has with the murder of Kate Steinle. Mike Pence and other Republicans have piled on. The Tibbetts family has asked them to stop politicizing it.

Karin Housley, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota said, “liberal Democrats are more concerned about protecting criminal aliens than protecting innocent lives like Mollie Tibbetts.” That’s politicizing it. Tibbetts’ cousin told political commentator Candace Owens, “stop being a fucking snake and using my cousin’s death as political propaganda.” Of course, none of these conservatives are attacking the Republicans who illegally employed the accused murderer.

At Mollie’s funeral, her father said, “The Hispanic community are Iowans. They have the same values as Iowans. As far as I’m concerned, they’re Iowans with better food.”

Trump stated, “A person came in from Mexico illegally and killed her. We need the wall, we need our immigration laws changed, we need our border laws changed.” If one death should spark change, then 3,000 should demand it.

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Donald Trump was tweeting about NBA player Steph Curry not wanting to visit the White House. He waited two weeks to visit the island (which he helpfully informed us is “an island surrounded by water”). The two weekends before his visit, he was playing golf. When he finally did visit, he claimed the hurricane only killed 16 people, and he threw paper towels at survivors.

It took eleven months for power to be restored to Puerto Rico. You didn’t hear much from Trump on the subject except for how great of a job he did and that any blame should fall on the local leaders.

Trump didn’t pay any attention to Puerto Rico before Maria hit, and he hasn’t paid much more since. Trump thought the governor of Puerto Rico was the president of the island. On the day the government raised the death total to nearly 3,000, Trump said, “I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico … I think most of the people in Puerto Rico really appreciate what we’ve done.” Nobody, especially the president of the United States, should believe that 3,000 deaths are a “fantastic” job.

I wouldn’t expect Trump to take blame, but at the very least he could promise to do better. He’d admit the government dropped the ball or didn’t do enough. Instead, in pure Trumpian obtuseness and fashion, he wants credit for a great job that never happened because he’s our “favorite president.” He stated, “it’s been incredible the results that we’ve had with respect to loss of life.” From there, he’s turned it into a culture war as he’s feuded with the mayor of San Juan, who has two qualities of his favorite bullying targets, being Hispanic and female.

We should be outraged by the murder of Mollie Tibbetts. One untimely death is too many. So are 3,000. We should demand change to prevent future deaths from psychopaths.

I suggest we make a change at the top.

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Kilauea


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On September 11, 2001, my mother called me freaking out and afraid that terrorists were going to fly airplanes into my apartment. I live 50 miles from the Pentagon, but for mom, that was still too close. She passed away in 2002 but would have lost her mind if she had seen the events of the D.C. Sniper which spread to my town later that year (and just a few miles from the apartment spared by al Qaeda). So, I know if she was still alive, and I was still living on Oahu, which is about 200 miles from the Kilauea Volcano, she’d still be worried red-hot molten lava would be flowing through my bedroom window.

Kilauea was erupting when I lived on Oahu in 1997-98. It’s been erupting since 1983. To put it in perspective, The Police released Every Breath You Take, toured the world, broke up, bickered for nearly three decades, reunited for another world tour, and broke up again during the time of Kilauea’s current eruption. Sting’s solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles was a larger tragedy than Kilauea.

The islands of Hawaii were created by volcanoes. The Big Island (how locals refer to island of Hawaii) has five volcanoes with three of them classified as active. Kilauea isn’t even the largest. The volcano’s eruption is changing the shape of the island by the minute, though the spots of eruptions and lava flows have fluctuated over the years. Last month, a new eruption started in lower Puna after a 5.0 earthquake. A 6.9 earthquake hit the next day, and 27 houses were destroyed within five days. Thankfully, no lives have been lost.

Hawaii knows how to take these things in stride. They’ve made a tourist attraction out of the erupting volcano.

All this brings an important question. Does the president know Hawaii is a part of the United States? It’s a good question because he was surprised to learn Puerto Rico was a part of our nation, that it’s an island, and islands are things surrounded by water. He once referred to the governor of the territory as the “president of Puerto Rico,” not realizing that he is the “president” of Puerto Rico.

I’m really glad Kilauea isn’t killing people yet, because Hawaii is also an island (several), and they too are surrounded by water (what a coincidence). And, there are a lot of dark people in Hawaii. My concern is that Trump would disregard a disaster there much in the same way he’s casually dismissed the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

Trump believes Maria killed 64 people, which is somehow a great personal achievement for him that the toll was lower than hurricane deaths during other presidential administrations. The New York Times estimates the death toll at 1,065. Other researchers have put the number roughly at 4,600. But, math is hard. Trump is still trying to open that big envelope Kim Jong Un sent him.

Puerto Rico and Hawaii are obviously not shithole countries. But, I’m not sure they’ll continue to elude that designation…as long as Donald Trump remains president over them.

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Putrid In Puerto Rico


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In addition to being without electricity, phone service, and internet for the majority of the citizens of Puerto Rico, access to clean water is extremely limited. For many Puerto Ricans, the water they do have access to is dangerous, and even life-threatening.

Since Hurricane Maria hit the island (which is a part of the United States and the people there are American citizens, Republicans), many people are drawing water from Superfund sites.

What many of those drawing water from these sites, like the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Superfund site, don’t realize is that the water is toxic. Drinking water from these sources can lead to liver disease and high risks of cancer. The local government has already attributed four deaths caused by drinking the water. Some residents have reported extreme stomach pains.

How are the residents supposed to know the water they’re drinking is toxic when they can’t get information? Most probably aren’t aware the president has expressed more concern over kneeling football players than starving Puerto Ricans.

Donald Trump has blamed the limited access to water on local authorities and said distribution efforts shouldn’t be the military’s job. Trump, who has responded like a baby with a full diaper to criticism of his response to the crisis, has warned Puerto Rico that the federal government can’t stay and help them forever. He’s made comments about the islands poor electrical grid before the storm, how Puerto Rico needs to figure out their debt situation, and that Puerto Ricans need to help themselves. How empathetic.

Democratic Bennie Thompson of Mississippi wants the Department of Homeland Security to investigate reports that people are drinking contaminated water. I’m not sure what that investigation will solve, as we already know people are drinking toxic water. We are aware the federal government is doing a lousy job helping the people of Puerto Rico.

The federal response to aid Puerto Rico has been atrocious. The U.S. Navy hospital ship, Comfort, arrived on October 3, thirteen days after the hurricane hit the island. Today, half the beds on the ship lie empty. So far, 48 deaths have been attributed to Maria.

There should be visible signs of improvement to an area three weeks after it has been hit by a hurricane. Not people dying, calls for investigations, and still trying to figure out how to respond better. The president shouldn’t be threatening to bail on American citizens within three weeks of a natural disaster.

Trump has done his best to contaminate the entire nation with his orange toxins. Now people are dying from Trumpism.

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Quicker-Picker-Upper-In-Chief


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Donald Trump has thrown more paper towels than any other president before him. Not even Roosevelt threw paper towels as tremendous and absorbent as the ones Trump threw.

Bill Clinton would go to the site of a tragedy and hug victims. George W. Bush climbed on top of a pile of rubble where dead bodies were still being searched for and declared, “we heard from those responsible and soon they’ll hear from us.” Barack Obama went to the African-American church where a racist shot up the congregation and sang “Amazing Grace.”

Donald Trump goes to Puerto Rico and throws rolls of paper towels to the victims. He berated them, saying “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you threw our budget a little out of whack” (ignoring his huge tax cut for the rich, his increased military spending, and his plans to spend billions on a useless border wall). He gets into a tiff with the mayor of San Juan (because he really doesn’t like being questioned by a woman, especially if she’s a minority woman). He accused Puerto Ricans of not helping themselves and wanting everything done for them. He informs the victims that they didn’t have a real catastrophe, like Katrina (because worse disasters happen to other presidents?). He told officials they should be “proud” of a death toll that stood in double digits instead of thousands. He spends the bulk of his four-hour visit telling everyone how much he’s being complimented.

Who could have foreseen that a TV reality show host would be terrible at dealing with a national disaster that turned life upside-down for over three million Americans? How do you deal with Trump’s failures with disaster relief (and life in general) if you’re a Trump sycophant? Oh yeah…those paper-towel throws. Woo-hoo! Over here, Cheeto McGrabberson. I’m open!

Folks in Puerto Rico may not have electricity, food, water, phone service, cash, fuel, etc…but if they spill something, they’re all set.

Trump did not prepare for the hurricane. Supplies were not stockpiled before the storm hit. Supplies, boats, and people weren’t organized to respond until after. There has been a lack of coordination. Last Thursday, over 10,000 shipping containers that had been delivered were still in port.

Yes. As Donald Trump has informed us, Puerto Rico is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water. Yet, this is a nation that conducted the invasion of Normandy, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and is threatening to destroy North Korea, all locations across oceans and “big water.”

It’s not that Trump is un-presidential and embarrassing. He’s a disaster whose job is to deal with disasters. He did not want to become president because he had a broad vision for this nation. He became president to promote his brand and feed his ego. Unfortunately, 62 million Americans fell for the con. Trump needs to quit and let the adults take over now. Americans are dying from natural disasters and from mass shootings, meanwhile, he’s throwing paper towels.

Insiders say that Trump didn’t pay attention to Puerto Rico for a week because he lost interest. It probably took the criticism of a minority woman on the island to gauge his interest, because Trump loves a fight…especially with a woman.

Throwing paper towels is Trump’s way of being consoler-in-chief. It beats having to hug the great unwashed masses in times of their peril. They may have germs.

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Heckuva Job, Trumpie


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With Puerto Rico officially a disaster from Hurricane Maria, people starving and dying, going without electricity, money, water, food, and with a flash flood watch in effect, Donald Trump wants to assure all of us one thing. He’s doing a great job.

During the recovery effort for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005, President George W. Bush said to FEMA director Michael Brown, “you’re doing a heckuva job, Brownie,” despite the fact “Brownie” was doing an incredibly crappy job. It was a category five of crappiness.

My friend and fellow cartoonist, Lalo Alcaraz joked that when Trump visits Puerto Rico on Tuesday, he will say, “I’m doing a heckuva job, brownies.” I wish I had thought of that.

Bush was overseeing a disastrous recovery effort and dishing out praise to people unworthy of it. In contrast, Trump is praising himself. Trump is taking issue with reports from the media the job he’s doing isn’t all that great. Trump and the sycophants defending him aren’t just having trouble with the facts. They’re also tone-deaf. People need to focus more on humanity and less on cult worship.

When not lavishing praise on himself, and informing us that others are giving him compliments, he’s informing us that Puerto Rico is an island in the ocean surrounded by water and it’s currently in massive debt. He suggested their debt will determine how much effort the federal government will put into the recovery effort. Trump said, “Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort — it will end up being one of the biggest ever — will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island.” Over 50 percent of Americans don’t know Puerto Ricans are American citizens, and Trump may be among that 50 percent.

The good news is, Trump promised “we will not rest until the people of Puerto Rico are safe,” and then he went to New Jersey for a golfing weekend.

A “good-news story” is exactly how acting Homeland Security Director Elaine Duke described the relief effort. Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of San Juan took issue with Duke’s description of the situation. Cruz said, “We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency. I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us, to save us from dying.”

Trump needs to stop listening to his sycophants, and to himself. He needs to listen to Mayor Cruz and treat the citizens of Puerto Rico as if they’re as much as American citizens as the people of Houston and Florida because they are. He needs to focus less on attacking the NFL, the press, praising himself, Puerto Rico’s debt, and his weekend golf outing. I would suggest he treat Puerto Rico the same way he treated Houston and Florida, but I’d rather he did a better job than that. Perhaps he can take some inspiration from the way President Obama reacted to Hurricane Sandy. Trump needs to stop being tone deaf and practice some empathy, while also throwing every resource possible to that island in the ocean surrounded by water.

Puerto Rico is quickly turning into Trump’s Katrina. Trump’s failed presidency has finally come down to losing lives. Trump’s critics have wondered how the president would fare with his first crisis. Just like his presidency, he’s failing.

Creative note: I used this idea several years ago when I was with The Free Lance-Star. It was during the Obama administration and I can’t remember exactly how I used it. I can’t find the original because it’s in a friend’s attic across town, and FLS’s new ownership has deleted the archives that were online and contained the 14 years worth of cartoons I drew for them. But, in doing this cartoon I figure I could steal from myself. I’m sure it’s much more applicable to today’s situation than it was when I used it previously.

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