Despicable To The End: Trump Exploits Today’s Amtrak Tragedy For Political Gain

Donald Trump

Trump is no stranger to humiliating himself on Twitter; and today was no exception, when he politicized the Amtrak tragedy.


Trump has been embarrassing himself for years on Twitter. For instance, a tweet from 2013 recently resurfaced in the wake of controversy surrounding Republican Roy Moore’s failed bid to replace AG Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate. In that tweet, Trump appeared to be bragging about the “talent” behind his ability to date women younger than his daughter.

More recently, Trump posted one of the most despicable Twitter-tantrums ever witnessed in American politics earlier this year.

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz made a direct call to Trump, tearfully begging for help from him and the rest of the world.

Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city, spoke on to reporters on Friday, the 30th of September at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, warning that if relief efforts aren’t quickly stepped up “what we we are going to see is something close to a genocide.”


“We are dying here,” Cruz tearfully spoke at the press conference, adding: “I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles. So, mayday we are in trouble.”

True to form, Trump lashed out at Cruz – attacking her leadership during a multi-part Twitter Tantrum the following morning.

“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” Trump began.

Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job. The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed.

Fast-forwarding to today, NBC News reported on a tragic Amtrak derailment near Tacoma, Washington:

Several people were killed and dozens were injured Monday after an Amtrak train derailed while traveling on the first day of a new route outside Tacoma, Washington, careening off a bridge and onto a highway below.

“The casualties include multiple injuries and fatalities,” Detective Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, said of the 7:40 a.m. crash….

There were 78 passengers and five crew members on board the train headed from Seattle to Portland, Amtrak said.

Sadly, Trump’s initial response was to politicize the tragedy on his Twitter account, using the event to push his forthcoming infrastructure plan.

“The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly,” Trump tweeted several hours after the incident was first reported.

The Independent reported that Trump also “lamented the amount of money his country had spent building infrastructure in the Middle East” when he added:  “Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!” he tweeted.

The Independent also reported that: “It was unclear from where Mr Trump took the $7 trillion figure. The latest estimates from Harvard and Brown universities put the cost of American wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan at between $3 trillion and $6 trillion.”

Continuing their report, The Independent noted that: “Trump has used disasters to promote his policy agenda in the past. In September, Mr Trump suggested that a terrorist attack in London evidenced the need for his ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.”

“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist,” Trump tweeted at the time, adding that: “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific – but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!”

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