Trump Goes Anti-NFL Tweet Storm For 4th Straight Day While Puerto Rico is Under Water, Without Power

President Donald Trump intently tweeted about the massive hurricanes that ravaged Texas and Florida, but has been silent on the devastating storm affecting millions of Americans in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million American citizens, has been hammered by the effects of Hurricane Maria for days. At least 10 people have been confirmed dead and virtually the entire island is without power and cell signal. Officials say it may take six months to restore power to the entire island. Meanwhile gas, food, and running water shortages threaten numerous areas that have essentially been cut off from the world. As if that wasn’t all devastating enough, the territory was already in a huge financial crisis that will be horribly exacerbated by having to rebuild after the storm waters recede.

Trump tweeted about Hurricanes Harvey and Irma for weeks, even traveling to storm-hit areas days after the storms passed. On Puerto Rico, however, Trump has stayed silent and chose to focus his attention on black athletes exercising the most basic rights of the US Constitution.

The last time Trump mentioned Puerto Rico was last Wednesday, telling Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, “We are with you and the people of Puerto Rico. Stay safe! #PRStrong.”

Trump glossed over the storm devastation on the island during a rally in Alabama Friday, mentioning Puerto Rico among the “communities that have recently been ravaged by storms and by floods” before moving on to what he believes is a more important use of his time: attacking NFL athletes protesting racial injustice in America.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired’?” Trump said Friday.

On Saturday, the president doubled down, tweeting, If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

Trump continued to tweet about the NFL Sunday, calling for NFL fans to “refuse to go to games” and for the NFL to “fire or suspend” players who kneel during the national anthem.

He continued tweeting throughout football Sunday, claiming they have “bad ratings” and retweeting messages calling for a boycott of the NFL.

On Monday Trump entered day four of his completely inexplicable obsession with the protesters, claiming that Americans booed kneeling players and that the issue has “nothing to do with race” even though the athletes are specifically protesting racial injustice.

Trump has posted 42 tweets since mentioning Puerto Rico, 14 of which have been about sports.

There are many reasons Trump may be using the NFL issue as a distraction. He and everyone around him are under a federal investigation for colluding with Russia. His legislative agenda has failed. His foreign policy has worsened the situations in North Korea, Iran, and the Middle East. His approval ratings are embarrassing and his White House is hemorrhaging staffers. But the people of Puerto Rico, who are just as American as Texans and Floridians, deserve better.



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