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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Puerto Rico that President Trump saw during his four-hour visit on Tuesday afternoon was that of Angel Pérez Otero, the mayor of Guaynabo, a wealthy San Juan suburb known for its amenity-driven gated communities that was largely spared when Hurricane Maria hit nearly two weeks ago. Pérez Otero led Trump and his entourage on a walking tour of a neighborhood, where high-speed winds had blown out some second-story windows and knocked over a few trees -- but where life seemed to be returning to normal, thanks to assistance from the government. Neighbors stood outside their homes ready to warmly greet the president, their phones powered up and ready to snap photos.

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If the president had traveled a little deeper into the island, to the communities that sustained some of the heaviest damage, he would have witnessed a very different Puerto Rico. Just 10 miles southeast of Guaynabo is this mountainous city of Caguas, nestled in a valley ringed by steep sierras and narrow mountain passes, with homes built densely on the edges of gravity-defying slopes. These hills were stripped naked by Maria's malicious winds, leaving the trees without leaves and fruit, their bare branches contorted in painful postures. Houses that withstood tropical rain and wind for decades were blown off their foundations and destroyed by toppled vegetation. Twisted metal roofs landed in creeks all over the once-lush region. In Caguas there remains a sense of desperation with Miranda Torres rattling off a much more dire list of statistics in Spanish: Nearly 1 in 10 residents were severely impacted by the storm's destruction. More than 1,200 homes were flattened or suffered major damage. At least one person died at a shelter from complications of diabetes after not having access to medical care, and two people committed suicide. Many more could be dead not just in Caguas but in many rural municipalities where hospitals shut down and lifesaving medical treatment was out of reach for several days. And it's unclear how many people drowned in flooding or were trapped by mounds of tumbling mud.

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As much as Trump is his own worst enemy, those around him that are supposed to know better continue to enable his distorted views instead of making sure he understands the complicated nature of reality. Has anyone told him that two people in Caguas committed suicide likely because living became harder for them than dying? Why would Trump be taken to an area best equipped to survive and quickly bounce back from a hurricane instead of letting him see with his own eyes the devastation and deprivation so many are still coping with now 2 weeks after the storm hit the island?

There just isn't a reason for this dysfunction in allowing our President to only see what he wants to see instead of what he needs to see.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-10-04 03:19 PM | Reply

Well duh, we must protect MOTUS from icky poor people that haven't been to a spa in days.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2017-10-04 03:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Why would Trump be taken to an area best equipped to survive...?

He's a snowflake.

Maybe a ----.

Snow----.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2017-10-04 04:04 PM | Reply

Typical Trump. It's all about the showmanship, the image, people stroking his ego and making him look. He doesn't care about the reality of people suffering. It's the same thing with his health care and tax cut plans. He doesn't care what's in them. He just wants a win.

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-04 04:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This isn't a real catastrophe:
But some local officials said they needed assistance commensurate with their populations -- more than the three pallets of food and one pallet of water allotted per day.

"I received 10,000 meals so far, and we're a city of 54,000," Lornna Soto, the mayor of Cánovanas, said on Monday. "We need more water. We need more food."

It's all good:

In the mountains, the scale of natural devastation continues to hamper delivery efforts. In Las Marías, the storm clogged so many roads and toppled so many trees that it took volunteers and work crews about a week of sawing through fallen tree trunks and bulldozing mudslides to clear a path, local officials said. But keeping those supply lines open is a Sisyphean task.

"When it rains for 10, 15 minutes, everything we've cleared slides and we have to clear it again," said Wilver Morales, 43, who works for the municipal government. "And every day, it rains."

Here, catch some paper towels:

[S]tanding in the moonlight that cascaded into what was left of her living room, Ms. DeLeon said Puerto Ricans were doing their best to get by and were still grateful for the little they had.

"Some people really lost everything," she said, and indicated a wall that was still standing amid the wreckage. "Thank God half my house was cement. I still have that wall."

www.msn.com

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-04 07:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He's no Sally Struthers. We know this by now. Melania had on white pants too. Mud would have been a real disaster.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-10-04 07:42 PM | Reply

Mighty white of him.

#8 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-10-04 09:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Remember when Obama went to New Orleans?

#11 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-10-04 10:07 PM | Reply

Showing real class.
#10 | POSTED BY FEDERALIST

Just quoting your boy Donnie Drumpsterfire.

He said the same thing and he's now da Prez.

Your ilk lowered the bar. Don't like it? Do something about it.

#12 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-10-04 10:14 PM | Reply

Remember when Obama went to New Orleans?

Remember when he wasn't president during hurricane Katrina?

#13 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-10-04 10:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 9

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"Let them use paper towels!" Trump Antoinette

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-04 11:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Can't say President Trump isn't a man of his people.

#15 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2017-10-05 01:51 AM | Reply

Trump's Naples Florida stop was also a very upscale neighborhood, which was hit very hard by Irma. These excursions are chosen to provide some relief from that dumpy White House he is otherwise being forced to occupy. Its especially humiliating if you've seen any of the luxurious buildings Putin occupies in Moscow.

#16 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-10-05 06:20 AM | Reply

Why would Trump be taken to an area best equipped to survive and quickly bounce back from a hurricane instead of letting him see with his own eyes the devastation and deprivation so many are still coping with now 2 weeks after the storm hit the island?

I wouldn't assume his aides sent him there. Trump tries to live in a bubble. Remember the story of the man who hit his head at some Trump event and was bleeding? Trump was more concerned about what it did to his floors than the man's condition.

#17 | Posted by rcade at 2017-10-05 08:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Mr T does not care about Maria or Island, he came there to survey land for a new Golf Course, why he will survey the poorest and flood affected areas.

#18 | Posted by material07310 at 2017-10-05 09:34 AM | Reply

Trump is a spoiled wimp.

#19 | Posted by Sully at 2017-10-05 09:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Can't blame him, he might some poor people juice (sweat) on him.

#20 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-05 10:56 AM | Reply

What type of tone deaf -------- visits a wealthy exclusive enclave when going to see the suffering endured by a hurricane stricken island full of desperately poor people? Maybe the same kind of -------- who throws paper towels (-very water absorbent) into a crowd of those same desperately suffering people while going to give a speech accusing them of being lazy. (Was it Bounty? The 'quicker picker-upper').

#21 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-10-05 11:40 AM | Reply

And I hope nobody tries to bring up Hillary's tour of The Hamptons after Sandy. #SadFace

#22 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-05 03:40 PM | Reply

#22

Who cares what Hillary did before, during, or after hurricane Sandy.

She wasn't president.

Your deflections aren't necessary.

No one is talking about Hillary. Stop bringing her up.

#23 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-10-05 03:44 PM | Reply

#23 Every president and politician visits disaster sites. They all fly over the worst damage, walk around safe areas, and pass out some item for the cameras.

They're not really helping --------. None of them. It's all PR posturing.

The truth is, Trump could've parachuted in with a dufflebag full of provisions, cut open a vein to save a baby, and the DR would rip him to shreds.

#24 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-05 04:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Trump could've parachuted in with a dufflebag full of provisions, cut open a vein to save a baby, and the DR would rip him to shreds."

A crisis is no time to go parachuting!

I guess you thought it was Presidential when Bush landed that plane on the Mission Accomplished carrier flight deck?

I hope Trump is ordering new aircraft carriers that can accommodate his personal 767.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-05 04:10 PM | Reply

when Bush landed in that plane

#26 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-10-05 05:05 PM | Reply

Remember when Obama went to New Orleans?

#11 | Posted by Federalist

Yeah and then he invaded iraq and afghanistan, cut taxes on the wealthy, oversaw the economic collapse, and put the skidmarks in your underwear.

Republicans whine about always being called stupid, but they just keep proving it.

#27 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-10-05 08:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 2

The truth is, Trump could've parachuted in with a dufflebag full of provisions, cut open a vein to save a baby, and the DR would rip him to shreds.

#24 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Not if he hadn't already proved that he's a monster.

He could cut open your baby's vein and you'd say, "well at least it's better than hillary!"

#28 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-10-05 08:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I don't even understand why anyone cares about Hillary anymore.

You might as well bring up John Kerry.

#29 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-10-05 08:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Remember when Obama went to New Orleans?"

You mean visited the Chocolate City with his buddy inmate #632107?

#30 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-10-06 04:38 PM | Reply

"The truth is, Trump could've parachuted in with a dufflebag full of provisions, cut open a vein to save a baby, and the DR would rip him to shreds."
#24 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

That is nonsensical because in reality he'd never cut open his own vein. Not even to save Ivanka. Doesn't want to get blood all over his beautiful floor. For him to do that he'd have to be a totally different person and then We the People wouldn't have years of him pissing all over himself to form a negative opinion of him.

You may think that its true that the DR left are biased against trump, but that is a delusion on your part. Obama literally did things that were more akin to a republican president than a democratic one and you bitter nancy's are still convinced he's the devil incarnate.

#31 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-10-06 04:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--You may think that its true that the DR left are biased against trump, but that is a delusion on your part

lol. Funniest post of the day, in fact, the year so far.

#32 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-10-06 04:55 PM | Reply

#32;

www.dictionary.com

We'd be biased only if trump didn't prove his incompetence 24 times a day.

#33 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-10-06 05:13 PM | Reply

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