As Hurricane Florence approaches the mainland United States, the press remains fixated on a storm that happened last year. They’ve roped President Donald Trump into responding as well, and those who simply want information on the current situation at hand are being treated to an endless loop of commentary instead.
It all started at a brief White House pool spray earlier this week. The president was asked for his thoughts on the response to last year’s Hurricane Maria, and he gave it a thumbs up. The press proceeded to lose its collective mind, pointing to unconfirmed studies and preferred narratives that suggest the response was less than adequate.
After days on end of being eviscerated yet again, Trump took to Twitter today to attempt to set the record straight.
“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…,” the president wrote.
“…..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!” read his follow-up post.
Like clockwork, the liberal echo chamber on Twitter exploded with a meltdown of epic proportions. Among those who raced to weigh in was that noted beacon of truth from CNN, Jim Acosta.
“Remember what Trump once told a veterans groups: “what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what’s happening.” Trump is not only refusing to admit failure in PR. He wants you to accept his version of the truth (alternative facts)… which isn’t the truth,” Acosta wrote.
One of his tag team partners, CNN’s Brian Stelter, wasn’t too far behind.
“Fake news, fake polls, fake books, now fake deaths. Hopefully someone will brief Trump on what the Puerto Rico mortality studies really showed,” Stelter wrote.
What the press continually fails to inform the American people while citing the large death toll from Hurricane Maria is that the number they continue to point to are estimates. As in not confirmed or proven. Since that tidbit casts shade on the preferred narrative, it’s being summarily dismissed.
The president has called them out for that, and he’s being blasted as if he’s some kind of liar. We can’t help but have the age old tale of ‘pot calling the kettle black’ dancing around our heads at the moment.
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