Raise your hand if you remember the Trump Administration's lackluster effort to help Puerto Rico on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Keep your hand up if you were hit on the head by one of the rolls of paper towel that the "President" tossed out during his embarrassing appearance in the wake of the storm that left the island without power and nearly three thousand fatalities. “I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful,” the "President" said at the White House during a meeting with FEMA administrator Brock Long, Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. “I actually think it was one of the best jobs that’s ever been done.”
In this Through The Looking Glass world in which we currently find ourselves living, it makes sense that Puerto Rico would show up as a success by this "President's" reckoning. A guy who shows up to a September 11 memorial pumping his fists, eager to shake hands with his base has a number of perception issues that cannot be fully discussed in the space we have here. There may not be space anywhere to take on such a sweeping topic. Up is down. Left is right. Catastrophes are successes.
I get it. Donald Trump wants to reassure the folks in the path of Hurricane Florence that the United States government has their back. He is also correct to point out that the eastern seaboard is not an island. “Puerto Rico was actually our toughest one of all because it’s an island, you can’t truck things onto it, everything’s by boat. We moved a hospital into Puerto Rico, a tremendous military hospital, in the form of a ship — you know that. And I actually think, and the governor’s been very nice and if you ask the governor he’ll tell you what a great job. I think probably the hardest one we had by far was Puerto Rico because of the island nature.” For perspective's sake, 1,833 people died in Katrina. That plus a thousand more died in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico is, and I checked it out to be sure, an island. Surrounded by water. The "President" lives on an island too. Surrounded by delusion.
God save us all.