Skip to comments.Fact Check: Trump is Right About Puerto Rico, Critics Manipulating Hurricane Maria Death ‘Estimates’
Posted on 09/13/2018 12:31:46 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
Democrats and the media have been pounding President Donald Trump over the past few days, as Hurricane Florence nears the Carolinas, over his alleged insensitivity to deaths in Puerto Rico last year from Hurricane Maria. On Thursday morning, President Trump pushed back on Twitter, alleging that Democrats had inflated the death toll in order to make me look as bad as possible.
That led to more criticism, with the Associated Press accusing Trump of making claims without evidence.
But Trump is correct.
His opponents including the media have strained for more than a year to turn Hurricane Maria into his version of Hurricane Katrina, the devastating 2005 storm that prompted criticism of President George W. Bushs response even though state and local authorities had been far worse and foreshadowed a Democratic takeover of Congress in 2006.
Leading the charge was CNN, which made a special effort to link Hurricane Maria in 2017 to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and made a temporary media sensation of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who accused the Trump administration of neglect.
However, the medias effort at the time was frustrated by several factors. First, experts praised the federal governments response to Hurricane Maria, which posed special challenges because Puerto Rico is so far from the mainland U.S.
(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...
And, of course, the ever unhelpful Paul Ryan rushes out to say that he doesn’t have any reason to question the higher estimates. The GOP unmasks itself by leaving Ryan as Speaker to sabotage President Trump whenever he can.
It doesnt matter if hes right.
It doesnt matter if hes right.
Glad he was correct, but he could have made his point more effectively, without opening himself to a phony charge of nitpicking a tragic statistic. Sometimes it’s how you say it that matters most.
Hmmmm... dubious statistical extrapolations used for political propaganda purposes.
Where have we seen that before?
Actually, the truth is all that matter to me.
Others can hem and haw if they like.
Glad he was correct, but he could have made his point more effectively
He should have said - Yes, there were some 3000 deaths following the hurricane, but those lives lost resulted from corrupt and incompetent Democrat governance, not from the storm itself.
Hell, even in Chicago we know to the exact number how many people are killed over a weekend.
Make that: Filthy Heathen Liberals Manipulating Hurricane Maria Death Estimates
In PR does one have to fill out paperwork to die? A Death application?
1,833 fatalities from Katrina.
What is an extrapolation? That the Southern states were producing 75-85% of the European revenue stream, or was something else an extrapolation?
Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis softly criticize Trump for Puerto Rico conspiracy theory
“You KNOW your country is a $hithole”
Puerto Rico appears to be compliments of the Bent One.
Didn’t they just find a bunch of hurricane supplies at an airport warehouse?
Like clockwork . . . .
He’s a total POS
How about all those millions of civilians claimed to have died because they refused to answer the 1870 census, then mysteriously reappeared in 1880 counts.
The fake news media lies? Well duh.
Alinskey, Alinskey, Alinskey, wash, rinse, repeat.
I think we talked about that once or something, but I recall no mention of them showing up in a later census. Of course, if you wrote it, I probably missed it, because I skip your long messages.
We know 750,000 died as a direct result of the war. I've read that almost two million died as an after effect of the war.
Statistical extrapolations, aka “fake news”, based on the faked 1870 census.
No actual reports confirming such numbers exist anywhere.
It’s all just Democrats doing what Democrats naturally do: lie.
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