Trump’s Katrina? Try the Media’s Waterloo

President Trump took on the Left’s politicization of the NFL last week. This week, he is taking on their appropriation of natural disasters and human caused horrors for political gain.

The Left and its accomplices in the press couldn’t pin the blame on Trump for the administration’s responses to the hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast states and U.S. territories early last month. But in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which hit the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico especially hard, they thought they finally got their story.

Instead of focusing on the myriad logistical challenges of reaching an island more than 900 miles away from the U.S. mainland, or on how FEMA has worked with the Puerto Rican central government and most municipalities, or the ins-and-outs of federal disaster management, the media pounced on Trump.

They couldn’t wait to allege that Trump’s response was akin to George W. Bush’s Hurricane Katrina performance. CNN ran an article with the headline, “‘Trump’s Katrina?’ No, it’s much worse.” A piece at The Daily Beast authored by noted Trump-hater Joy-Ann Reid of MSNBC was titled, “Puerto Rico is Trump’s Katrina.” The Leftist fever swamp Salon ran an article, “‘We are doing a great job’: Is this Trump’s Katrina moment?

From the media’s lips to God’s ears.

The most transparent response came from the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz. Earlier last week, Cruz described FEMA as “wonderful” and doing an all-around “great job.” She noted further that federal officials “have been here since last week—helping us and setting up logistics.”

But at a morning press conference on Saturday, Cruz completely changed her tune. As she stood in front of  pallets of water bottles and other supplies, she shouted, “We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency, and the bureaucracy!” Cruz claimed if Trump didn’t do something quickly, “we are going to see something close to a genocide.” The irony of this scene, of course, was completely lost on the press.

Trump, understanding exactly what was taking place, fired back:

Trump’s refusal to serve as a Republican punching bag for Cruz, a rabid Hillary Clinton supporter, and other Democrats sent shock waves through the media. In marked contrast with previous Republican presidents, Trump understands the Democratic-Media complex’s playbook when it comes to natural disasters when Republicans are in office: shame them into submission for their errors—real or imagined. And for the coup de grace, hint in not so subtle language that race was the deciding factor in how the disaster was handled.

Kanye West infamously claimed George W. Bush didn’t care about black people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Seeking to reprise this Kanye moment in 2017, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said over the weekend that “we have a right to be suspect that he is treating the people in Puerto Rico in a different way than he has treated the people of Texas or Florida.” While the Charlie Browns of the establishment Republican Party dutifully took their place in line to attempt to kick away the football of these ridiculous “racism” charges, Trump and his team acted.

According to FEMA: “12,600 federal staff representing 36 departments and agencies and including more than 800 FEMA personnel, on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands engaged in response and recovery operations from Hurricanes Maria and Irma.” Trump waived the Jones Act, a 1920 law that had the unintended consequence of preventing some ships from reaching Puerto Rico with food, water, and other essentials. Retired Navy Captain Jerry Hendrix noted, “Amphibious ships including the light amphibious carriers Kearsarge and Wasp and the amphibious landing ship dock Oak Hill were at sea and dispatched to Puerto Rico ahead of the hurricane’s impact.”

In light of these actions and the operations on the ground, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said he was “very grateful for the administration” and that “they have responded quickly.” He continued:

The president has been very attentive to the situation, personally calling me several times. FEMA and the FEMA director have been here in Puerto Rico twice. As a matter of fact, they were here with us today, making sure that all the resources in FEMA were working in conjunction with the central government.

Other Puerto Rican government officials have contradicted Mayor Cruz’s over-the-top claims. Guaynabo Mayor Angel Perez, who also happens to be a member of a left-wing political party, contrasted his experiences with Cruz’s:

My experience is different. I have been participating in different meetings at the headquarters of FEMA and our government and the help is coming in and right now my experience is different from hers. I’m receiving help from the government, we are receiving assistance from FEMA, I got people over here helping us with applications for the people that have damage in their houses. And we have here in Guaynabo, we have thousands of people that lost partially or totally their houses.

In fact, according to FEMA Chief Brock Long, Cruz isn’t even in contact with the central FEMA field office in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico’s problems have nothing to do with a dearth of aid from the mainland or the Trump Administration. As the left-leaning Huffington Post reports, the problem is distribution. The island’s infrastructure has been reduced to rubble. The Category 4 hurricane destroyed roads, bridges, and the entire power grid. It will take weeks, perhaps even months, for power to be restored.

Fact is, the small commonwealth was already in deep trouble even before the storm hit. The island’s power grid had been in very poor shape for quite some time. Residents were suffering regular outages, regardless of the weather. And the horrible state of Puerto Rico’s public finances looms large. Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, racking up debts and unfunded liabilities of more than $123 billion for a territory that is home to just over 3.5 million people. No doubt rampant corruption, gross public mismanagement, and poor politics have helped contribute to the disaster that has befallen Puerto Ricans. All told, Puerto Rico’s problems preceded these storms and are not likely to get any better once the damage is cleaned up.

But for the media, it’s far easier to simply castigate Trump, the man who represents for them all that is soulless and evil in the world. In their limitless hypocrisy, they consider these actions to be “normal” in contrast to Trump’s behavior, which they continually claim is anything but.

The vitriol of the media isn’t limited just to Trump. It also extends to those merely suspected of having voted for the president. Far too often, they have become targets of rage and even violence. An extreme case occurred just after a gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas. Early Monday morning, Hayley Geftman-Gold, the now-former vice president and senior counsel for CBS, commented on Facebook that she wasn’t “sympathetic” with the victims of the horrific shooting because “country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” So much for tolerance and compassion.

As Michael Walsh has said of the Left and their comrades in the media, “They never stop, they never sleep, they never quit.” Luckily for the American people, we finally have a president who understands that truth and is willing to punch back.


About Mike Sabo

Mike Sabo is a writer living in Cincinnati, Ohio and a graduate of the Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship at Hillsdale College.

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10 responses to “Trump’s Katrina? Try the Media’s Waterloo

  • So the response is going well, but it’s not and that’s the Puerto Ricans’ fault, except where it’s the media’s.


    • Trump is never to blame. It is always someone from the elite establishment ruling class or Hispanics who are to blame. Now they are messing up the president’s budget. Don’t you know that there is a large amount of ocean water around Puerto Rico?

      • You may have meant the above to br delivered with snark &or sarcasm, but you have unwittingly given The President of the United States his due.

        Good luck getting out of the trap.

  • I am glad that we have a president that punches back. I just wish he actually could land a punch.

  • All good points Mike. Adding real news to THIS week: FEMA is doing a great job, including communications:

    POTUS and FLOTUS’ final meeting today was on the USS Kearsarge, with the military leaders, and both Governor Mapp and Rosello.
    The Kearsarge is a Landing Helicoptor Dock class of amphibious carrier, for the US Marine Corps. Nice tribute by FL Melania to wear Marine Corp green with Navy white today, the same colors as Marine One. Even better is that she is wearing the crews’ working cover ball cap.

    The rest of Retired Navy Captain Jerry Hendrix’s quote from his interview with Bloomberg’s Tobin Harshaw merits posting here, because too few understand, apparently including HRC and most of Congress, how LHDs are ideal for deployment in natural disasters, not aircraft carriers or hospital ships like the USS Comfort:

    “…Amphibious ships including the light amphibious carriers Kearsarge and Wasp and the amphibious
    landing ship dock Oak Hill were at sea and dispatched to Puerto Rico ahead of the hurricane’s impact.

    These are large ships that have large flight decks to land and dispatch heavy-lift CH-53 helicopters
    to and from disaster sites. They also have big well-decks — exposed surfaces
    that are lower than the fore and aft of the ship — from which large landing
    craft can be dispatched to shore carrying over 150 tons of water, food and
    other supplies on each trip. These are actually the ideal platforms for relief
    operations owing to their range of assets. The ships, due to their designs to
    support Marine amphibious landings in war zones, also have hospitals onboard to
    provide medical treatment on a large scale. That these ships were in the area
    should be viewed as a huge positive for the administration and the Department of Defense. …”

    “Desperately Seeking A Trump Failure In Puerto Rico” Oct 2 2017 5:21 PM ET
    “…The problem is that Trump’s critics — both Democrats and the press — so reflexively call everything Trump does a tragic failure that there’s no way to know, without doing extensive independent research, whether
    their complaints about the Puerto Rico response efforts have any merit. …”
    I add that includes everything FL Melania does – her wearing white today has been widely criticized, so I just showed WHY she wore US Navy white and US Marine Corps green today.

  • I saw that woman on television telling everybody she was going to die if she didn’t get some help from the U.S.. She was in the warehouse at the time of the video and she was surrounded by food and water. I said to myself she must be a lazy democrat. On television crying that she was going to die if the U.S. didn’t send her some more supplies.

    • There’s an old saying about being dumb enough to stand next to a drinking fountain and die of thirst. This chick sure lives up to that description.

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