As far as Puerto Ricans are concerned, future ex-President Donald Trump has given literal meaning to the expression, “fair weather friend.” The entire island was devastated by Hurricane Maria: no power, food or drinking water; destroyed buildings and submerged land. Puerto Rico got pulverized, worse than Naples, Florida and Houston, Texas combined.
You wouldn’t know from the White House reaction that anything but a Boricua Festival was going on down there. The future ex-President, while barnstorming for 2020, has been consumed with NFL and the NBA players who are protesting against police brutality, a subject he chooses not to acknowledge (see, e.g., Arpaio pardon). While he’s been profaning African-American athletes and lecturing them on ingratitude, the people of Puerto Rico, mostly Latino US Citizens all, have been largely ignored. Some would say that he ignores them because they have no federal voting rights.Maybe he’s drawing plans to turn it into Trump Island.
Trump is sending a message to Puerto Rico. In so many words, “Vaya con Dìos.” His purposeful neglect is part of the Bleaching of America, a White nationalist regression to a White Protestant majority. Okay, and add White Catholics from Western European stock. Oh, and Jews – we’ll get back to you. But the brown people south of Key West need not apply. Please don’t scratch the Wall. It was just painted.
Trump said that he will not rest until Puerto Ricans are safe, just before he took his afternoon nap. In Puerto Rico, Governor Ricardo Rosselló begged for aid to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. As reported by CNN: