After Hurricane Maria -thrill wrote:Could also go in the climate thread as we are in the dawn of the climate apartheid era. Build those walls. Close those borders. Let them burn/starve/drown/devour each other.
Everything is politics now.
A few people may say- ultimately what does it matter what that moron says - let's not make a natural disaster political.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 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!
—President Donald Trump, September 13, 2018
But doesn't reality and some semblance of truth matter? Like it or not, what the leader of most powerful nation in the world affects this.
His comments muddy the waters - not only does it insult the survivors, and family members of the affected - it effects response, and relief efforts. Donations to Red Cross etc.
An accounting for death tolls - yeah it is kind of ghoulish and the media does play it up for story value - but shouldn't the #s matter for logistical preparations for next time, as well as history. (statement, not a question).