Revisiting Trump’s lies and Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico
As the number of deaths due to COVID-19 continue to grow on Donald Trump’s watch, and outrage over his culpability escalates, let us not forget that he showed us who he is back in 2017 when he attempted to ignore and minimize the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria’s devastation of the island. Remember that in 2018, Trump claimed Democrats made up death toll numbers to make him look bad. He even gave himself a “10,” for his response.
Sound familiar? His “COVID-19 is a hoax” routine is a retread of his Hurricane Maria rhetoric and lies.
Today, on September 11th, as I sit and think about the World Trade Center where I was working in 2001, and the 2,977 deaths which resulted from the terrorist attacks, I am reminded of the 2,975 deaths attributed to Maria in a George Washington University study—other studies, like one from Harvard, posted higher numbers.
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