Puerto Rico more important than Trump’s ego

Royal Purple, Editorial Staff Opinion

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Over the weekend, while sending out tweets alluding to the laziness and drought of leadership by government officials in the hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory of Puerto Rico from a luxury golf course, the irony of the situation seemed lost on President Donald Trump.

Unfortunately for the president, it wasn’t lost on us. Puerto Rico is, to put it mildly, in complete devastation.

The New York Times has reported that the majority of the island is without sources of communication, 80 percent of the agriculture has been wiped out and 40 percent of the residents do not have access to clean, drinkable water. Hospitals have shut down. People have died as a result.

A three-star general was appointed by the Trump administration to speed up the distribution of 10,000 containers of vital supplies, but is hindered with no access to roads, a lack of people to distribute and dwindling fuel.

Aid given to the island has been significantly smaller than what was received by Florida and Texas earlier last month, despite the impact from Hurricane Maria being significantly more severe.

No official request for relief funds has been sent to Congress and the president decided to put the “bully” in bully pulpit to instead harass the helpless.

Criticizing Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of the drowned city of San Juan, after she asked for more assistance, Trump reacted with an air of personal insult by calling into question her ability to lead, and suggesting that citizens “want everything done for them.”

Yes, Mr. President, the 3.5 million American citizens who live on the island of Puerto Rico – which yes, we understand is surrounded by ocean water, do want you to do “everything” you can for them; however, it shouldn’t come with a price tag of feeding into your narcissistic personality and staying silent on your failings.

In the aftermath of devastation, where American citizens no longer have the luxury of drinking clean water and eating any kind of meal, they cannot afford to be feeding your ego.

As the president of the U.S., your main focus needs to be the prosperity of all American lives, and that means setting aside your disgruntled tendencies and petty disputes to solve a problem off of Twitter every once in awhile.

If the president would put in as much effort to help Puerto Rico as he has into his culture war via tweets about football players taking a knee or railing against #FAKENEWS organizations who are telling the stories of Puerto Ricans, maybe federal government-sponsored humanitarians would be better streamlined and making a difference.

Tweeting about how “nasty” Cruz has been to you when pleading to help her constituents from dying – all thanks to the Democrats, of course – is not going to get drinkable water to American citizens and will not turn the power back on. Instead, it will continue to divisive and get in the way of sustainable recovery efforts by politicizing our citizens’ right to live.

We are one of the richest countries in the world. We can afford to send aid and increase our military personnel on the ground to the same levels that Texas and Florida saw, and do so without making a large partisan mess of the devastation.

Even though the Twitter app is free, the subsequent results if Trump doesn’t refrain from making a humanitarian crisis about his ego, one 140-character tweet at a time, will cost American citizens their lives.