Sometimes, Silence is Not Golden
First, the New York Times reported that the actual death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria was at least 1,000 Americans. Then, a study for Congress said that it was at least 1,400. Yesterday, there was a study done by George Washington University that reported almost 3,000 Americans died in Puerto Rico as a result of the hurricane. The Trump administration boasted 64 deaths,
And to add appalling on top of appalling, it's notable -- and not surprising -- that there wasn't a single word about the loss of 3,000 American lives by Trump. To put this in perspective, 3,000 deaths is a bit less than twice as many American deaths after Hurricane Katrina. For that disaster, 1,800 people died. And not one word from Trump about such a massive, catastrophic loss.
There aren't enough rolls of paper towels that can be thrown which will clean up this mess.
On the other hand, while silent about 3,000 American deaths, Trump did post a tweet about one of the great supposed-accomplishments of his administration being that the World Cup will be held in the U.S. in 2026.
And in the end...yes, this isn't about Trump. We know who he is, we know he'd make up some false, incredibly low number and lie about it. And not saying a word when a report came out that the deaths were in the many thousands. This is about the elected officials of the Republican Party. They were not only in a position to act during the hurricane and send aid, but did next to nothing -- but they too have been silent about 3,000 Americans having died from the hurricane in Puerto Rico. No outcry, no Benghazi-like outraged calls for an investigation of 3,000 American deaths, nothing.
Rest in peace.
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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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