The view is amazingly clear from the cheap seats, Stephen Colbert. The “comedian” was one of the first people to jump on the “Trump is an idiot” bandwagon when he announced his candidacy for president and now that yet another major hurricane is headed for the mainland of the United States, and the president rightfully says it’s very tremendously big and wet, Colbert and company are using the occasion to lampoon him even if he speaks the truth.
“They haven’t seen anything like what’s coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever. It’s tremendously big and tremendously wet, tremendous amounts of water,” Trump said, before an apparent reference to Hurricane Harvey’s toll on the Houston area last year. “It could very well be very similar to Texas in the sense that it’s tremendous amounts of water … probably more water than we’ve ever seen in a storm or a hurricane.”
But, what really got the chatter brains yakking, was the other statement that Trump made about last year’s category 5 Maria, that slammed into Democratically controlled Puerto Rico, and took federal personnel to clean up once the winds and rain were gone.
Trump also touted his response to last year’s deadly hurricane in Puerto Rico, which according to one study, officially killed nearly 3,000 people.
“I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful. Puerto Rico was actually our toughest one of all because it is an island,” he said. “I actually think it is one of the best jobs that’s ever been done with respect to what this is all about.”
Remember, the elected officials there are DEMOCRATS and Trump was talking about the response which saw those same Democrats letting relief supplies rot on the dock. Like this Democrat.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz retweeted video of Colbert’s late-night roast and called Trump’s remarks “despicable.”
“Success? Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success? If he thinks the death of 3,000 people [is] a success God help us all,” she tweeted separately. “Pres Trump thinks losing 3,000 lives is a success. Can you imagine what he thinks failure looks like?”
Look in the mirror, babe. Preparation for that storm was the job of officials on the island, not the federal government. The feds respond after requests for help. Yes, 3,000 people died and that is a tragedy, but the truth is President Trump is not the one who was charged with getting people out of harm’s way. You were one of them.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) September 12, 2018