Well, nearly two weeks after Maria wreaked havoc on the island of Puerto Rico, President Trump finally managed to make his way across that ‘big, big ocean’ for a visit, where he gave himself an A+ for his response to the crisis, joked about how much Puerto Rico was costing the United States, said it wasn’t really all that bad because more people died in Katrina, and threw paper towels at the crowd (no, really).
First, the A+ remark. Dude, you do not get to give yourself a grade. That’s not the way grades are given. I don’t even like liking my own posts because I figure that’s down to other people. If you listen to pro athletes after a big game, they always are gracious and say “Well, my opponent was really tough and I was fortunate to score a lot of (goals, baskets, touchdowns, whatever).” They almost never say “Man, I was awesome, I was so great out there today, wasn’t I?” First, because it would be totally uncool, and second, because if you were awesome, other people would be saying so.
In this case, observers close to the action and around the world are all saying that Trump sucks, that his response to the catastrophe is benign indifference at best, and deliberate genocide at worst. Let’s review. His first reaction was to say point out that Puerto Rico was in debt, which was a rather nasty thing to say, especially as private citizen Trump once screwed Puerto Rico out of 33 million dollars in a golf course deal gone bad. Then, he refused to waive the Jones Act, which means he was DELIBERATELY OBSTRUCTING aid. He relented on that after a couple of days of negative press, but he certainly doesn’t get credit for getting aid to the island in a timely fashion.
It has been two weeks. By that time after a natural disaster (this is not a war, nobody is shooting at or resisting aid in any way), everybody should be rescued and a rebuilding process should have begun, like about 10 days ago. That’s lost time. Donald Trump can never, ever make up for that, no matter what he does now. And he’s still not taking it seriously. Throwing paper towels. Asshole.