Trump’s ‘Truly Deplorable’ Attitude Toward Puerto Rico Tops Another Week Of Corruption Scandals

Winning is not a word many are using to describe the Trump presidency.

On the campaign trail, Trump liked to rally his supporters by telling them that, if he got elected, Americans would do so much winning that they would get tired of all the winning. That was then and this is now. And winning is not a word many are using to describe the Trump presidency.



What America got instead of a lot of ‘winning,’ is a culture of corruption. It’s almost as if Trump only wanted to be president so he could feed his enormous ego and give himself a ‘massive’ tax cut.

Trump Presidency: The Game, seems to have come to an ugly head this week. As the Tweeter-in-Chief bashed the NFL for daring to exercise their first amendment right to protest racism, his HHS secretary, Tom Price, was forced to resign amid a corruption scandal that left taxpayers on the hook for private planes to the tune of a million dollars.

As if that were not enough, all this is happening while the American citizens in Puerto Rico, who survived Hurricane Maria, are having a harder time surviving the aftermath with no electricity, no food, no water, no medicine, no phone service, no internet, and no sense of urgency or conscience from the Trump administration. That was not the case when just weeks earlier, Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, and Hurricane Irma tore up Florida. Is the slower response because Puerto Rico is an Island? Or is it something else?



Dana Milbank writes in Washington Post,

No question the logistics are harder in Puerto Rico. But the 3.4 million U.S. citizens there have long endured second-class status: no voting members of Congress, no presidential vote, unequal benefits and high poverty. Now, the Trump administration’s failure to help Americans in Puerto Rico with the same urgency it gave those in Texas and Florida furthers a sad suspicion that the disparate treatment has less to do with logistics than language and skin color.

George Takei summed up Trump’s attitude toward his fellow Americans in Puerto Rico with two stinging words in one tweet: “Truly deplorable.”

Trump is no stranger to accusations of racism. And now it’s easier than ever to tie that to his hypocrisy on ‘draining the swamp.’ Because, while Puerto Rican Americans are fighting for their lives, Trump is out selling a ‘middle class’ tax cut plan that does not cut taxes on the middle class. As Reuters points out, the “rich would benefit most” from the sham he’s pushing as tax reform.

Trump may seem like a dimwitted, senile boob, but there is a method to at least some of his madness. Is it a coincidence that Trump appointed Goldman Sachs alumni Steve Mnunchin to Treasury and Gary Cohen to the National Economic Council? Or could he have known that he needed a pair of bankers who know their way around the ‘swamp’ to pull off the biggest tax swindle on the American public in generations? And why would these two Jewish men not walk away from the Trump White House when their boss made it clear that there were some ‘very fine’ neo-Nazi’s chanting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August?

If there’s one thing swamp creatures in a culture of corruption have in common, it’s their willingness to abandon all moral conscience for personal financial gain.

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Gracie Lou

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Gracie Lou is a political junkie, animal rights advocate, and award-winning writer. She believes that if people can stand on line to buy junk food, they can stand on line to vote.
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