Trump’s tweets attacking Puerto Rico have certainly not helped matters. Many Puerto Ricans were incensed by Trump’s earlier tweets attacking San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and arguing that the island’s elected leaders “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
“I can tell you President Trump’s tweet attacking many on the island will be a major factor in how a lot of folks arriving here will perceive the political system. Those tweets are like a spectre overshadowing a lot of other efforts, at least in the minds of many people I’ve spoken to,” Florida Rep. Darren Soto told The Guardian.
Trump was also criticized for his visit to the island, during which he focused mainly on discussing himself, repeated false right-wing conspiracy theories (such as the claim that goods weren’t being delivered because truck drivers were striking, even though it’s because the roads are impassable), blaming Puerto Ricans for having “thrown our budget a little out of whack” and casually tossed paper towels to his audience as if he were an emperor helping peons.
Not all presidents have abdicated leadership like Trump during a crisis like this one.
“[Franklin] Roosevelt was the president, and as you know, he was surrounded by a brain trust of people who were there to serve their fellow Americans in a time of crisis,” Dr. Luis Martínez-Fernández, a historian who specializes in Puerto Rican history, previously told Salon. “Roosevelt, and particularly through Eleanor Roosevelt, had a very intimate relationship with the progressive leadership of Puerto Rico during the 1930s. I’m referring mainly to…
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