After spending the last two weekends golfing, after calling Puerto Ricans lazy during a humanitarian crisis, after calling out the San Juan mayor, and paying more attention to the NFL than the dying people in a hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory, Donald Trump finally paid his first visit to Puerto Rico today. In doing so, he expressed all the compassion we’ve come to know and love about the 45th President of the United States.
President Trump: "Now I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack" https://t.co/3DSMX2ysAx— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 3, 2017
It’s the same thing I’d tell my daughter, you know, if my daughter was crying because she broke her leg: “I hate to tell you, sweetie, but a cast would really set us back in the wallet, because we’d spend a lot of money on a doctor visit. That’s fine. I mean, we’ll go ahead and save your leg. You’ll get to walk again, but always remember, if not for the fact that I did my job as a parent, you’d be limping for the rest of your life.”
“Now I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack,” is a bad line. This one is somehow worse:
“If you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous, the hundreds and hundreds of people who died, and you look at what happened here … what is your death count? What is it? 17? 16 people certified? 16 people versus in the thousands, you can be very proud of your people, all of our people working together. 16 vs. literally thousands of people. You can be very proud.”
I don’t know how to shake my head any more ruefully. It is not possible to be more callous and dismissive of other people’s pain. Just wow.