Trump’s Racism has become the sickening reality in which we now live. It was revealed even when Americans are down and dying from a natural disaster. It’s not below Trump to intentionally make things a lot worse.
For starters, President Trump’s public trolling and hostile attacks against San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz left millions of Americans rolling their eyes before Trump set foot on the ground.
His brief four hour visit to Puerto Rico was not enough to force him to change his tune, as he did just as much damage as he already does from the safety of Twitter, on the ground.
During a session with some of the U.S. island’s leaders, President Trump told them straight out that Puerto Rico was still in debt, in fact, scolding them for it. There was nothing consoling about his approach and only in some altered Stanislaw Lem kind of reality, would it even be somewhat acceptable.
While another tragic event in Las Vegas competed for the President’s attention, the U.S. Virgin Islands are also devastated from Hurricane Irma and Maria. Both Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are perfect examples of minority demographics that we’ve already predicted how Trump will respond to. If anything, the amount of attention the President has paid to each one might serve as an example of which one he despises the most.
During the time that Trump was in Puerto Rico, he not only scolded the leaders for its debt, but threw rolls of paper towels to an “adoring” crowd and even contemplated throwing cans of soup, when the crowd “gently” told him not to.
On top of this, the President appeared to be suspicious of a church member’s effort to pass out water-purification kits, wondering if she had worked for the company that made the kits. This was because, to him, she seemed pretty determined to get people to take the kits for free. It would seem that President Trump was completely shocked that people deserved free clean water to survive, not convinced that they shouldn’t be charged for the kits.
Overall, his visit to Puerto Rico was only to Guaynabo, a wealthy suburb of San Juan that saw very little devastation. Many of those to greet the President were already Trump supporters and had fully-charged smart phones to take pictures of him.
And while Trump saw very little of Puerto Rico, he saw even less of the Virgin Islands. Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) told neo-liberal Joy Reid last week that many on the island were starting to believe that Trump’s racism was keeping him from making an appearance. This is because it’s a predominately black territory. In fact, President Trump only paid a visit to Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp, but made no public appearances.
Trump’s presence at a disaster site is ironic for the simple reason that he himself represents a disaster in politics and in public relations. In the end, Mike Pence has had to take Trump’s place.
But no one should think that the President’s presence at a disaster area is going to do anything but create more problems. In fact, it’s just a better idea that he doesn’t show up at all. If anything, his attacks against the people of Puerto Rico via Twitter is just a clear indication that he doesn’t want to show up to console anyone anyway.