Trump's Lack Of Compassion For Puerto Rico 'Just Racist'

President Trump has shown he is “just racist” in his response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, according to a former governor of the U.S. territory.

RawStory reported that the ex-official, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, said Thursday on MSNBC that the president “is talking to his electoral base” when he downplays the problems resulting from two hurricanes last month. Padilla added: “He’s not talking about law or about history. He’s showing off that he’s just racist. Let’s call it by name.” When interviewer Craig Melvin remarked, “That’s a pretty bold assertion, there, to call the president of the United States a racist,” Padilla explained: “It is the way it is. I respect the institution, but the way he handled it just shows, I think, what he stands for.”

On Tuesday, three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the Federal Emergency Management Agency estimated that 84 percent of residents still lacked electricity and 37 percent did not have access to safe drinking water. The storms left many people homeless. During his recent visit to the island, Trump complained about the cost of recovering from the storms and suggested that Puerto Ricans should do more to help themselves rather than expect government assistance.

“It’s not that we are begging; it’s what we deserve,” Padilla said. He pointed out that Puerto Rico did not want to become part of the United States in the first place. “It was imposed by Congress just prior to the first World War so our young Puerto Ricans back then could go into military service,” he said. “So it’s the duty of the United States to put its boots on the ground here in Puerto Rico.”

On Thursday, Trump tweeted: “Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making. … A total lack of accountability. … Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. … Congress to decide how much to spend. We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York fired back: “Why do you continue to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans when it comes to natural disasters? FEMA needs to stay until the job is done and right now, it’s not even close to done. There is still devastation, Americans are still dying. FEMA needs to stay until the job is done.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California tweeted that “we don’t abandon Americans in their time of need.” She continued: “PR & USVI need MORE help, not less, from the federal govt.” Pelosi was referring to the U.S. Virgin Islands, which also sustained significant damage in the hurricanes. During a press conference on Thursday, she described the president’s comments as “heartbreaking.”

Other Democrats joined the chorus of voices condemning the president. “Trump continues to treat Americans in Puerto Rico as second-class citizens,” Rep. Darren Soto of Florida told NBC News. “He wouldn’t be saying this about federal recovery efforts in Texas or Mississippi.” Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House minority whip, added: “It is shameful that President Trump is threatening to abandon these Americans when they most need the federal government’s help.”

Source: RawStory
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