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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Sinking Lower and Lower and Lower


It really, really, really isn't about the "warmth and friendship" Trump felt in Puerto Rico.  It's about what he is doing as President for the citizens of Puerto Rico, where, two weeks after the storm, 50% of the people still don't have access to running water, and only one hospital, of 69, is functioning normally.

"Oxygen related deaths" means people on machines supplying oxygen, which can't function without electricity.  Those people didn't die despite the "warmth and friendship" the President thinks he received, they died because the President was so incompetent he didn't even notice Puerto Rico's devastation until Fox News told him about it.  The idea that what matters first is what the President thinks about what people think about him is so deeply offensive it's hard to find the words for it, although Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) did a pretty good job:

“I think he is disgustingly inappropriate and unprepared,” she told Obeidallah. “He has no depth of thinking, no compassion, no moral core…He is absolutely disgusting and he is an embarrassment as President of the United States of America and he make me sick to my stomach.”
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“He doesn’t surprise me, he just disgusts me and he continues to sink lower and lower and lower,” Coleman went on.
And then the President left for Las Vegas, today, where again, it will be all about him (oh, and about the police, who are doing a great job, a "miraculous" job, because he's got it stuck in his head it's all about the "recovery."  A broken automaton would be better at this):

“It’s a very sad day for me personally,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for Marine One Wednesday morning.

I know if I was the family member of a victim, I'd feel better knowing the President was sad personally, for some reason.  And no, I'm not kidding about that "miracle" talk:

He doesn't know what that word means?  He doesn't know what words mean.

Oh, and fuck you again, Puerto Rico:

“We’re going to work something out,” he said Tuesday of the island’s $72 billion debt, which in 2016 was put under the control of a federally appointed financial oversight board in accordance with the so-called PROMESA legislation.

“I don’t know if it’s Goldman Sachs but whoever it is, you can wave good-bye to that,” Trump told Rivera of the debt.
No, no, no, no, that's not what he meant!

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney energetically corrected President Donald Trump on Wednesday, insisting that the President did not really mean creditors or the government would have to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt.

“I wouldn’t take it word for word with that,” Mulvaney said on CNN, before a lengthy explanation of the need for Puerto Rico to tackle its own debt. 

I mean, you can't believe the President just because he says things!  Unless, of course, those things he said are about how Trump is being treated.

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