By Alejandro Chousal, Contributor
September 13, 2018 marks the day President Trump created a public uproar on Twitter (once again) as he addressed the tragic hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico last year. “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…”
Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico requested a recent study conducted by Milken Institute School of Public Health, which indicated nearly 3,000 deaths were caused by Hurricane Maria.
Trump’s terrifying comments about Puerto Rico didn’t have truth or sources behind them. He is the president of the United States and his words are not taken lightly.
You would hope that the president, of all people, would not create “facts” in regards to a tragedy which involves U.S. citizens.
During an Oval Office briefing on Sept. 11, the president said, "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success." The death toll being nearly 3,000, as Milken Institute School of Public Health indicates, is not to be seen as a success.
As the current Hurricane Florence comes to an end, we will have to question whether the president will make similar accusations about this situation as well.
President Trump and his administration recently transferred nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a Section 503 notification tweeted by Senator Jeff Merkley.
This swift action marks the allocation of money and resources to the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
It’s upsetting that ICE is detaining and removing children from their mothers and families.
I’m bothered that money is being taken from FEMA, a state agency that would help immensely in the recovery of not just Puerto Rico but the recent hurricane that hit our southeastern coast.
It is situations like this that give rise to an Orwellian future, much like George Orwell’s dystopian, totalitarian future in “Nineteen Eighty-Four.”
From the president’s initial comments about the death toll and the “unsung success” that was Puerto Rico, it should come as no surprise that he would rather focus on deporting people than helping his own citizens through a devastating and difficult time.
Even considering everything else that President Trump has said, these comments are terrifying.
I don’t want to live in a world where politicians can say anything and claim it as fact without any proof. It is situations like this that give rise to an Orwellian future, much like George Orwell’s dystopian, totalitarian future in “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” Even now it seems like the president is trying to do this by claiming that the media is the enemy of the state.
Other nations like Russia and North Korea are examples of countries that have managed to gain enough power to effectively censor content they do not agree with.
This is all just my view on his comments and the way I interpret their implications. But it remains that the study done by George Washington University and the Section 503 notification are the facts contrary to Trump’s references.
I’d suggest we initiate conversation with our peers to discuss the implications of Donald Trump’s microaggressions.
Simply ask each other: What do you think?