Sunday morning, Jake Tapper wasn’t messing around when he called out Donald Trump for his lies about the death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
For some inexplicable reason, Donald Trump has decided to contest the official death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria that devastated the island last year. The death toll was originally reported at around 60. But last week, after a full investigation, the death toll was revised to nearly 3,000.
Nearly 3,000 American citizens died because of an inadequate response by the Trump administration. But instead of admitting that mistakes were made and promising that they would do better in the future, Trump is insisting that those 3,000 people really didn’t die. It’s remarkable.
On Sunday morning, CNN’s Jake Tapper addressed Trump’s unbelievable lie. In his closing statement on State of the Union Tapper looked directly into the camera as if he were talking to Trump. And he didn’t pull any punches.
“President Trump is making it clear this week that when it came to the national tragedy caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, he seems to think that the real victim is him,” Tapper began.
“The president is continuing to dispute the official death toll of close to 3,000 people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria saying Democrats made up the number, quote, ‘like magic,’” he continued. “Of course, the president is combining a few of his favorite things here: blaming the Democrats, tending to the needs of his ego and reputation, and carelessly spreading conspiracy theories without ever issuing a fraction of proof to back up what he’s saying.”
“He did this for years perpetuating the lie that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States and claiming that he saw thousands of Muslims celebrating 9/11 from rooftops, suggesting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s father might have been involved in the assassination of JFK and he only lost the popular vote because 3 to 5 million people voted illegally.”
“Now in the middle of another deadly storm, he dismisses the Puerto Rico death toll and takes an undeserved victory lap around an island still suffering,” Tapper said. “Taking issue with the methodology of the study is one thing but dismissing those numbers as an attempt to victimize him, that’s another.”
“I hope you consider sending a message of support to say you stand with all of the U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico that lost loved ones, it would be an act of respect and empathy,” the CNN host continued. “On election night, Mr. Trump pledged to be a president for all Americans. Puerto Ricans are Americans, too, Mr. President.”