President Trump sent out a blizzard of tweets over the weekend, following his speech Friday night when he called out NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.
During the same period, the island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory hit by devastating Hurricane Maria last week, has been without power, demolished by the Category 4 storm, and faces a potential dam break at any moment, which will further devastate the island. At least 95 percent of the island is without any form of communication due to the damages incurred, authorities say.
Democrats are now slamming President Trump, alleging that he has been busy tweeting about NFL players instead of sending help to Puerto Rico.
President Trump’s last Twitter post about Puerto Rico and the crisis they are facing following the impact of Hurricane Maria was last Wednesday, September 20, when he tweeted, “Governor @RicardoRossello-
We are with you and the people of Puerto Rico. Stay safe!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2017
Trump has been accused of being “racist” because he objects to the disrespect shown by sports players who kneel during the national anthem. On Monday morning, President Trump sent out another Twitter message about the NFL, saying, “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”
In response to that tweet, Democratic congressman Don Beyer (Va.) published a tweet, challenging the president over Puerto Rico. “Mr. President, instead of dividing the country over this you could give support to the 3.4 million Americans without power in Puerto Rico,” Beyer tweeted.
The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
Mr. President, instead of dividing the country over this you could give support to the 3.4 million Americans without power in Puerto Rico. https://t.co/RN9cRak2z4
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 25, 2017
Several people defended President Trump after Beyer’s challenge:
You’re the one dividing suggesting he isn’t helping Puerto Rico when he clearly is. What are you doing?
— Kristi Lade 📌 (@kristilade) September 25, 2017
I don’t get how asking all to stand together is division. Your perspective is skewed
— Jack Bing (@a180360) September 25, 2017
I’m pretty sure he can handle both.
— Aimee 🇺🇸 (@aee1977) September 25, 2017
And instead of whining about all of the blessings they have, NFL players could do the same.
— Suern (@Suernloca) September 25, 2017
Defeated 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton jumped into the fray also, tweeting on Sunday: “President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens.”
President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens. https://t.co/J2FVg4II0n
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 24, 2017
A barrage of Twitter posts from liberal media also slammed Trump, pointing out the number of times he has tweeted about the NFL, and claiming this means he isn’t doing anything to help Puerto Rico:
·Hillary Clinton asked the US Navy help Puerto Rico
·Donald Trump demanded the NFL fire its players
America, you really messed up.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) September 24, 2017
How many of Trump’s tweets could’ve helped fundraise for hurricane aid for Americans in Texas, Florida & Puerto Rico? Guess we’ll never know
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 24, 2017
There are millions of our fellow Americans on Puerto Rico facing great danger and suffering. Trump silence and inaction is appalling. https://t.co/xV6Mg8sIq4
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) September 25, 2017
Trump clearly trying to hijack #TakeAKnee and make it his own but have we heard ANYTHING about Puerto Rico?
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) September 25, 2017
Trump tweets this weekend about NFL/NBA/NHL: 10
Trump tweets this weekend about Puerto Rico: 0
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 25, 2017
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