Donald Trump angered both Democrats and Republicans on Thursday with his pair of terrible tweets alleging that the Democrats inflated statistics regarding the number of people that were killed by hurricanes in Puerto Rico last year.
“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico,” Donald Trump lied. He then claimed, without evidence, that the figure was purposefully exaggerated by the Democrats “to make me look as bad as possible.”
Both of the parties quickly pushed back against the president’s lie. Governor Rick Scott (R) and Representative Ron DeSantis (R), who are two of Trump’s biggest defenders in Florida and are both running for office, criticized the crappy president.
“I disagree with [the president] – an independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. [Ricardo] Rosselló agreed. I’ve been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand. The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching,” Rick Scott tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Ron DeSantis’s office gave a statement saying that he is “committed to standing with the Puerto Rican community, especially after such a tragic loss of life. He doesn’t believe any loss of life has been inflated.”
A Republican official in Florida, appointed by Scott to be on Florida’s Board of Governors, went further. “Mr. President. SHUT UP,” tweeted Alan Levine. “Any death, whether one or 3,000 is a tragedy. That doesn’t mean you caused it, and its not about you. Show compassion for the families.”
The Democrats and several officials in Puerto Rico also pounced on Trump’s disgusting lies.
“The number is based on facts and the truth. More people died in Puerto Rico than died in Hurricane Katrina, and than died in the attacks of 9/11. That is not fake news, Mr. President,” Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), a son of two parents from Puerto Rico, in said a House floor speech on Thursday.
“The victims of Puerto Rico and the people of Puerto Rico in general do not deserve for [the death count] to be questioned,” Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló (D) said in a Facebook Live video which was in Spanish early on Thursday.
“Today I’ve seen that the number and process of excess mortality have been questioned,” he said. “I ask the president of the United States to make sure that all agencies adequately invest the necessary resources to continue working favorably for the people of Puerto Rico.”
Darren Soto (D-Fla.), who is the first Puerto Rican national legislator, said that 3,000 Americans died due to Donald Trump’s “slow, failed response to Hurricane Maria.”
“And now you dance on their graves to disguise your tragic incompetence,” Soto declared.