Since the establishment media came up short attempting to find ways to use Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to slam the Trump administration, they are trying again with Maria. The media are still working to paint Hurricane Maria as Trump’s Katrina — and they are failing miserably.
Here’s the truth — the impact of Hurricane Maria is nowhere near as devastating as Katrina’s was. As a matter of fact, it was less deadly than a month in the city of Chicago, according to Front Page Mag.
Officials in Puerto Rico have raised the death toll from Maria to 3 on Saturday. This brings the total count to 48. Their findings were based on a review of medical records. According to Secretary of Public Security Hector Pesquera, the medical examiner found that the hurricane was responsible for these three new deaths.
One of the deaths occurred in the town of Caguas when an individual was prevented from getting dialysis treatments owing to a loss of power. Another happened in Juncos, when a person experiencing respiratory problems was unable to receive treatment. The third happened in the city of Carolina, when a person suffered a heart attack and wasn’t able to receive medical treatment.
Everyone knows that each of these deaths are tragic. People lost their lives due to the severity of the storm that hit Puerto Rico weeks ago. Many lives are being saved because of the efforts of the government, the military, and volunteers.
The left’s cynical attempt to use this disaster to score political points is reprehensible, but not surprising. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has repeatedly attacked the Trump administration for not paying enough attention to the crisis. She accused the president of allowing the disaster to cause a genocide. However, 48 deaths does not a genocide make.
Of course, the establishment media jumped on Mayor Cruz’s comments, because they support the left’s narrative — however, they ignored other Puerto Rican officials who have stated that the government is doing its job effectively. Governor Ricardo Rossello has repeatedly stated that the president is handling the crisis well, and he has thanked him on numerous locations.
The media also ignored the fact that Mayor Cruz hadn’t even met with FEMA to coordinate relief efforts before making her comments about genocide. Fellow Mayor Angel Perez, who runs the city of Guaynabo slammed Cruz, saying that his experience has been more positive because he actually collaborated with FEMA. “I don’t know why she is saying that,” Perez said when asked about Cruz’s statements.
“What I can tell you is my experience. She is not participating in any meetings and we had a couple already with the governors and with representation of FEMA and of HUD, of these whole federal agencies that have given us help and she’s not participating in those meetings and some mayors from her political party have been participating, so I don’t know why she is saying that,” they continued.
The media is still trying to use the hurricanes to slam Trump. Does this ever pay?
When President Trump visited Puerto Rico, he emphasized the fact that the impact of Hurricane Maria caused a death toll that was much lower than that of other disasters. While the media attempted to convince the American public that the administration’s inattention to Puerto Rico was causing devastation on par with Hurricane Katrina, the president was setting the record straight.
“Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with really a storm that was just totally overpowering,” Trump said. “Nobody’s ever seen anything like this.”
The left’s attempts to blame the Trump administration for the problems occurring in Puerto Rico will likely fail as hard as their efforts to use previous hurricanes to smear the president. After all, there is a reason why the public’s trust in the establishment media has decreased. Perhaps they will finally learn that using a disaster to further their political agenda isn’t helpful. Don’t hold your breath.