“I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success,” Donald Trump claimed of the job he and his administration did last year after the island was hit by a devastating hurricane. He also claimed that, “in a certain way, the best job we did was Puerto Rico, but nobody would understand that. I mean, it’s harder to understand.”
Earlier this month, Puerto Rico’s governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University.
But of course, looking through whatever prism it is that he uses to view the world, Trump refutes the report and denies that nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico died as a result of Hurricane Maria. This morning he tweeted:
“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…
“…..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!”
The current President of the United States is, as his former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson allegedly said, a fucking moron.
Written for today’s Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “prism.”