Shattuck: Donald Trump just stays on point


With much of Puerto Rico destroyed, the Trump administration is in a pitched battle against time and the fallout from the devastating Hurricane Maria. And like clockwork, Democrats and their media giddily look to blame the whole thing on the president.

As George W. Bush was made to pay for the 2000 election squeaker, the Iraq War and the 2004 re-election while bearing full blame for Hurricane Katrina, so Trump must be made to pay for the 2016 election — an abhorrent and shocking event to progressives everywhere — and the ongoing mass hysteria.

As usual, our millionaire senior senator, Liz Warren, was happy to go low.

“The definition of ‘poor leadership’ is sitting at your golf club while millions of US citizens beg for your help,” she tweeted at the president.

By all accounts, the administration was way out in front of the disaster, staging food and supplies well before the hurricane hit. FEMA officials have just come off two other hurricanes, which they handled masterfully. In fact, the president was even criticized by the media for being obsessed with the hurricanes.

Distributing the supplies throughout the island has been a colossal challenge hampered by the lack of phone service, passable roads and fuel.

Add to that the fact that only a small portion of the island’s truckers have reported in to move the supplies from the port of San Juan to the people (there are reports of union resistance) and you have one big mess.

But for Democrats it’s a juicy opportunity. Especially because the population of Puerto Rico is largely Hispanic and the story is perfect fodder for their spurious racism narrative. They seem to have conveniently forgotten about the half million black Americans living in Houston.

But Donald Trump is no fool and when the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz lashed out at the administration he answered the Democrats’ propaganda push.

Few would argue that it’s good form to engage in a battle of words with a mayor in the midst of a humanitarian disaster, but the president is understandably wary of the incompetence on the local level that is creating loss of life of an unimaginable magnitude — a la Katrina.

We should want him to be upset. More than 3 million Americans live on the island. They are desperate.

But Democrats cross their fingers that maybe this third hurricane will be President Trump’s undoing. Bay State U.S. Sen. Ed Markey snapped, “First thing Trump should do on Tues when he visits #PuertoRico for…



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