On Leadership, Humanity and Golf Trophies
"They want everything to be done for them." Getty photo
We Can't Even. Improbably, Drumpf's response to the humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Puerto Rico keeps....getting....worse. To review: He ignored the disaster for days while he played golf - they were just brown people, after all - leading to a recovery effort so belated and half-assed it's been deemed "malpractice." Called out on his incompetence, he responded as any sociopath would with lies, deflection and grotesque finger-pointing. He has rolled out the PR moves and boasted of his "great reviews," though the Department of Defense warns 95% of people still have no power and 55% have no water. He's offered moronic defenses: Puerto Rico is “an island surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water." And he's attacked the victims: He complained about their debt (smaller than many states'), slammed San Juan's tireless mayor as "nasty," and called those begging for food and water "ingrates" who "want everything to be done for them" - this, days after proposing a two trillion dollar tax cut for the rich.
Though little comfort to the millions of Puerto Ricans still suffering, it's gratifying to see the flood of fury and revulsion sparked by abominations that may prove, as many hope, his Katrina-plus. James Fallows cites "a new low" for a sick, dangerous man who is fundamentally unfit. Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré, who led the recovery effort for Katrina, offers a litany of grave errors, notes the so-called President is criticizing a mayor who's "living on a cot" while he plays golf, and spits out, "You don’t give a damn about poor people (or) people of color and the SOB that rides around in Air Force One is denying services needed by the people of Puerto Rico.” Hamilton creator and Puerto Rican native Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted his rage: "(Mayor Cruz) has been working 24/7. You have been GOLFING,” he wrote. "You are going straight to hell." He also took action: He has raised over $750,000 for aid in conjunction with MoveOn.org, which is also covering the costs of phone calls to loved ones on the mainland.
Regular folks have likewise rushed to call out the Trumpian bullshit. Several have posted side-by-side photos of Mayor Cruz greeting residents while waist-deep in sewage next to Fat Cheeto playing golf, noting, "This man is attacking this woman for 'leadership.'" A writer for SNL unearthed a damning photo from an earlier Vanity Fair profile of the Rumps awash in the obscenities of Mar-A-Lago: They sit smiling in thrones, surrounded by their army of uniformed "household staff," with the caption, "They want everything to be done for them." Twitter, Donald's fave, has proclaimed him, "THE WORST PRESIDENT in the history of USA" - a claim followed by, "He's the WORST AMERICAN in HISTORY...fixed that typo for you," followed by, "He's the WORST PERSON IN HISTORY...fixed that typo for you." For some people, a highlight of Sunday's NFL games, where players continued to protest, was the appearance of the Oakland Raiders' Marshawn Lynch in a t-shirt that read, "Everybody vs. Trump." Keith Olbermann, meanwhile, pulled no punches. "Republicans! This is the creature you have unleashed on us," he wrote. "GET THIS SON OF A BITCH THE FUCK OUT OF HERE."
Still, we bet all those critics felt some mean and silly on Sunday when Little Donny showed them just what he's made of. Traveling all the way from his golf course in New Jersey to another golf course in New Jersey, he presented the President’s Cup Trophy and then, out of sheer generosity and bigly humanity, dedicated it to the victims of Puerto Rico, along with those in Texas and Florida. "If you look today and see what is happening, how horrible it is but we have it under really great control - Puerto Rico and the people of Florida who have really suffered..I want to just remember them," he said, ever-eloquent. "And we're going to dedicate this trophy to all of those people that went through so much that we love." The public, thinking how happy he'd made the people without power who couldn't get their dialysis, was moved beyond words. Though they came up with a few. "Let them eat trophy," they said, and, "At least fill it with water."
Puerto Ricans sitting around waiting for a handout. From Twitter
Leadership and humanity. Photo by European Pressphoto Agency