erik lundegaard

Saturday September 30, 2017

Golfing While Puerto Rico Drowns

People are dying in Puerto Rico, relief is not being coordinated effectively, and our president is going golfing. Yesterday he said the effort was difficult because Puerto Rico was surrounded by water. “Big water,” he clarified. There was also this:

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Friday urged Trump to ramp up the federal assistance, ripping acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke for referring to the government's response as a “good news story.”

“Damnit, this is not a good news story,” Cruz said. “This is a people-are-dying story.”

This morning, Trump did what he always does. He attacked. He talked about Cruz's poor leadership. He said the people there “want everything to be done for them.” Once again, his actions, his words, seem beyond the pale. But I guess I don't know where the pale is for many Americans anymore. To me, Trump went beyond the pale two years ago, with “Mexican rapists,” or “I like heroes who weren't captured,” or “blood coming out of her—wherever.” Earlier than that, really. Always. He's a classless bully-child, a wailing waste of anything. He's a Jabba the Hutt mass of indecency and corruptness. And president of the United States. 

You know that Popeye line about all he can stands, he can't stands no more? That was Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton,” son of Puerto Rican immigrants, and a man of seeming infinite patience and good will, this morning:

If you want to contribute to Puerto Rican hurricane relief, here are some options. I donated $100 this morning to Hispanic Federation. 

Posted at 07:40 AM on Saturday September 30, 2017 in category Politics  
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