That didn’t take long.
From the moment Hurricane Maria smashed through Puerto Rico, ripping off roofs and crushing the island’s electrical grid, President Trump activated all avenues of response by the U.S. government. The military and throngs of first responders rushed in and tons of water and food were sent to the U.S. territory.
But also since that first moment, Democrats and whiny liberals have been trying to denigrate Trump’s efforts, with one goal in mind — paint Puerto Rico as Trump’s Katrina.
President George W. Bush lost much support from Americans after the devastating Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans. Critics complained that he was slow to respond (he wasn’t — state and city officials said they had the situation well in hand, and by the time it was clear they didn’t, the federal response to catch up looked insufficient).
On Saturday, the Trump Haters finally got on the same page: Forget Russian collusion, forget James Comey killing Hillary Clinton’s campaign, it’s time to hype the devastation in Puerto Rico as worse than Katrina.
CNN got out of the chute first. ” ‘Trump’s Katrina?’ No, it’s much worse,” the liberal website said.
It is dangerous, and it is historic. Not even President George W. Bush went down that path during Hurricane Katrina, a crisis that will no longer serve as THE metric for future presidents’ failures. In the years ahead, we will stop asking “is this the President’s Hurricane Katrina?” Instead, it will be “is this the President’s Puerto Rico?” Trump has moved the goal post. That wasn’t easy to do. Mission accomplished.
To read more (many more), just Google “Trump’s Katrina.” You’ll get 178,000 results.
As he does, Trump took to Twitter early in the morning on Saturday to defend himself from the onslaught.
The mess started after the grandstanding mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, held a Saturday morning press conference claiming the federal government was doing nothing to help Puerto Ricans. Forget that she was standing in front of pallets loaded with supplies sent from the U.S., she’s a Democrat and she was clearly directed by party leaders to make the situation political.
And forget, too, that SHE was elected to help her people. Instead, in an impassioned speech that hit all the liberal touch points, Cruz said people were “dying” and she was “begging” for help.
Trump ripped into her.
Like the response in New Orleans, things are going poorly because of weak leadership by local officials, as The Hill reported.
FEMA administrator Brock Long defended a series of tweets from President Trump blasting San Juan’s mayor for criticizing the relief efforts following Hurricane Maria.
In an interview on CNN, Long suggested that Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city, has failed to connect with FEMA command center set up on the island to help with the relief effort.
“The problem that we have with the mayor unfortunately is that unity of command is ultimately what’s needed to be successful in this response,” Long told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield.
Of course, none of this will matter. If you Google “Trump’s Katrina” on Sunday, there’ll be 500,000 hits. And it’s the new narrative the mainstream media will push all week.
And we have to turn to soon-to-be felon Sen. Robert Menedez (D-NJ), on trial for 18 counts of bribery, who sets up where the Democarts hope to go next: