As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast of the United States, where it is expected to create billions of dollars in damage and a leave devastation and tragedy in its wake, Donald Trump woke up this morning and decided that Hurricane Maria, which left 3,000 people dead in Puerto Rico, was a liberal conspiracy designed to make him look bad.
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…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
…..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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
There’s no other way to put this than the way that the Associated Press put this:
BREAKING: Trump states without evidence that Puerto Rico hurricane death count is plot by Democrats to make him look bad.— The Associated Press (@AP) September 13, 2018
I mean, what the f*ck? Is Alex Jones a new senior advisor to the President? Did Trump spend the morning consulting with Roseanne Barr?
The governor of Puerto Rico commissioned the study that led to the death toll being raised from 64 to 2,975. Trump is disputing a government-commissioned study.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 13, 2018
Those are lives. Not made up statistics, and those 3,000 people represent thousands more broken families, and they represent a failure at every level of government.
“HURRICANE MARIA WAS AN INSIDE JOB” — The president in his next tweet, probably.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 13, 2018
This is so dumb and so deeply embarrassing that Fox News won’t even touch it.
I know you'll be shocked to hear this, but Fox News is the only one of the three cables that has yet to mention President Trump's Puerto Rico conspiracy theory. pic.twitter.com/uA3jkuukv7— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 13, 2018