A&E — 13 October 2017

Alexandra Lontoc

@ALEXXLLONTOC

After a long day at work, you decide to log in to Twitter to rant about all the stupid things that happened that day. You complain that your co worker didn’t listen to you and a customer was being rude. Welcome to the life of our current sitting president, Donald Trump.

By now if someone wants their daily President Trump update, all they need to do is hop onto Twitter and enlighten themselves with some hilarious entertainment courtesy of our president.

President Trump’s been gaining more spotlight, as if he needed any more, for his actions and tweets toward Puerto Rico and the victims of Hurricane Maria. Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, while the people of Puerto Rico are still recovering from Hurricane Irma.

On Friday Sept. 29, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said in a news conference reaching out to officials outside of the island, “We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy.” The President took to Twitter to voice out his opinion on the situation tweeting, “they want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” Now what kind of President would say this during a natural disaster. Where does his sympathy lie? It would be a community effort, but it’s not that easy to be helping someone else when everyone on that island are struggling for food, water and shelter.

President Trump criticized the San Juan mayor on Twitter saying Cruz “really did not do a very good job in fact (she) did a very poor job.” Lin Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” blasted Trump as well for his comments on Cruz.

“You’re going straight to hell… no long lines for you,” tweeted Miranda in response to Trump’s comments on Cruz. If Cruz is doing a “very poor job,” how would one explain the photo of her circulating online waist deep during the flood helping residents while our President plans his next golf trip. She must be doing a very terrible job right now reaching out to federal officials to help her people get the food and water they need to survive. One hell of a bad job indeed.

Putting his presidency to use, Trump visits Puerto Rico on Oct. 3 to check out some of the damage and talk to the residents. During a short briefing with Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello, President Trump with a stern face told people of Puerto Rico that they have “thrown our budget a little out of whack.” What is he trying to gain from saying this? His statement is purely insensitive and dumb. You don’t attend a funeral and tell a widow she did a bad job with the ceremony and that their spouse still owes you money. Some things are better left unsaid, and in this case the president should have just kept his mouth shut.

He also applauds the island for the fact that it has a small death toll. Compared to a “real catastrophe like Katrina” it’s nothing, and that’s something the officials of the island should be proud of. Way to throw in some supportive words there, Mr. President, you’re really making it easy for them to look on the bright side.

While in Puerto Rico, Trump also made a trip to a church that was transformed into a relief center for the time being. A video of him tossing paper towels into the crowd like a game of basketball is circulating online. Three points for disrespectfulness, zero for his class.

Donald Trump’s presidency, so far, is a compilation of mean tweets and confrontations with world leaders in their twitter mentions. This tragedy in Puerto Rico is just an example of how our president handles our country. Throwing shade on twitter and apparently throwing paper towel free throws to a crowd who’s been thru a horrible event. Next time he tries to @ reply to another political figure on twitter, maybe he should actually set up a meeting and come up with a solution to fix a problem. Instead of trips to Mar-a-Lago, maybe he should do more trips to the places that have been hit with hurricanes and actually help with recovery.

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