People seem to forget that Puerto Rico is part of America. I know you haven’t — you’re a regular reader, which means you pick up on the important stuff like that.
But this is an especially important point right now because the news is failing to make a very important distinction when they discuss the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which you’ve heard by now is actually about 75 times greater than the “official” number that’s been released.
The official government death tally. The Trump administration number.
Officially, the number stands at 64. That’s how many people Donald Trump would like you to believe have died since the worst hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in a hundred years wiped out most of their municipal services for an extended period of time — that in some areas persists to this very day.
Today, at the beginning of hurricane season for the tiny island, some 11,000 people are still without power. But more importantly, that official government death tally is off by a factor of about 75: The actual number of those who have died as a direct or indirect result of Hurricane Maria is closer to 4,600 people.
But with the news networks finally reporting the actual death toll, regardless of whether they’re correcting the Governor of Puerto Rico or Donald Trump himself, there must be some response from the president, right?
Well, there is, and it’s as bad as you might think.
That’s right, Trump is excited about how much the response to Hurricane Maria — largely considered the biggest failure of the Trump administration — has improved the “brand” of the United States and the US Coast Guard, who did much of the heavy lifting for what assistance Trump actually deigned to send the island territory.
He completely ignores that real death count, considering only how the nominal actions he took make him look in terms of a legacy. That’s a man in deep, deep denial about the value of human life.
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