There were so many things to write about that pummeled the news yesterday. The tape of Michael "The Fixer" Cohen's melt-down rant threatening a reporter with God as his witness on the life of his children -- and then not acting on it, which makes me concerned for the life of his children, though since it was from three years ago I'm assuming their okay...at least until their dad goes to prison. But there were so many other big, head-exploding stories, like Trump's pardon of the racist Dinesh D'Souza who confessed in court that he was guilty. And also, Trump's putting trade sanctions on some of our closest allies, who retaliated to start a trade war.
And more. But I wanted to address something else. Just briefly, because it really doesn't require a long treatise, and is easy to explain, even to hate-filled fascists.
The other day, Harvard released a study that determined the number American citizens who died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria was not "64," as the Trump government claimed, but over 4,600. Furthermore, 11,000 American citizens living in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico are still without electricity, after more than eight months. And hurricane season is starting up soon.
As I said, this is not a difficult concept to grasp.
The Trump administration has, for all intents and purposes, chosen to ignore a U.S. territory where its residents are American citizens. To repeat, 4,600 Americans have died there as a result of the hurricane. 11,000 are still without electricity after over eight months. (Think how disoriented and almost distraught you feel when your home's power goes out for three hours.)
This is beyond disgraceful. It has the sensibility of being willful and therefore criminal. If Trump won't act -- other than throw more paper towels (and there really doesn't seem an "If" about it, but rather "Because"), then the Republican "leadership" in Congress should. Since a U.S. territory is being crushed.
I'll leave it at that. Getting to the point doesn't require anything more. If you don't get it from that, you won't get it with more paragraphs, since you've already checked out. But I think most people get it.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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