Trump and his chump change colleagues really hit bottom the past few days, trashing San Juan’s gutsy mayor, who has demonstrated great leadership and compassion under extreme duress. Trump and his sleazy, lilliputian GOP apparatchiks bitching about Ms. Cruz’s performance was like criticizing someone who’s just been run over by a Mack truck because they didn’t carry the stretcher to the ambulance and drive themselves to the hospital. This is not how people of quality behave!
Watching those dirtbags slime Ms. Cruz was infuriating. They were an embarrassment to our country. Jeez, could they do something less distasteful like maybe just go back to quietly cheating us out of travel reimbursements or something?
Trump’s performance as president thus far demonstrably disqualifies him from making any sort of useful observations about leadership, a quality which he is decidedly neither imbued with nor seeking to acquire. He knows not of leadership because he just doesn’t possess the full complement of knowledge, skill sets and emotional range to understand those whom he would lead. Trying to explain to him wherein lies his ignorance of leadership would be like trying to explain the color red to a congenitally blind person. He’s not got it and he’s not gonna get it either.
And, speaking of leadership, aside from the shocking paucity of moral and humane responses to millions of our countrymen and women suffering, one would have thought that the feckless White House occupant et. al. would at least look to their own self interest.
But the distinct impression these folks leave is that they think Latina/Latino voters will forget this. In the first place, everyone knows that the “Latino vote” is by no means monolithic. Mexican Americans have different priorities and issues than Cuban Americans, who differ on many subjects from Puerto Ricans, who don’t necessarily share the views of folks with Central American ancestry who…well, you get the picture. But despite the differences, I can guarantee you that the “they” of whom our meathead president spoke when dissing Mayor Cruz, know when “they” have been insulted. And I suspect “they” will remember it for at least a couple of election cycles. Nice strategizing there, GOP.
And it was only a few hours after Trump made that insulting remark about “they want everything done for them” before I heard some illiterate (literally) jerk where I live repeating with kneejerk stupidity that very same Trump doctrine.
No. They don’t. They are American citizens and Puerto Rico (and the U.S. Virgin Islands) are American soil. Period. When there’s no power, no communication, no fuel,no water and no food, and no plausible way to ameliorate that lack, there’s only so much “they” can do. “They” are part of us.
Actually, I think Trump’s just pissed off because someone pulled his own stunt against him in Puerto Rico. He licensed his name to a casino company for a resort and golf club in Puerto Rico. That company welshed on the licensing fees, then declared bankruptcy, changed the name, and left Trump’s organization holding the bag for an unspecified sum. Basically, they out-Trumped Trump. No wonder he’s sulking. Too bad it’s the people of Puerto Rico who are having to pay the price in the form of seemingly deliberately drawn out hurricane relief.
Some leaders, no? No. Those commie-loving Trumpsters and their GOP Putin-poodles in congress are so busy giving away the farm that they wouldn’t know true patriotism or leadership if it bit ’em in the ass.
Back to Trump and the GOP dumping on Mayor Cruz–do these assholes even know anything about Puerto Rico and its native sons and daughters? Do they not realize that it’s been a European-developed island since the early 1500’s? It was a powerhouse in the Caribbean more than a century before the Pilgrims even showed up in the New (relative term) World.
Oh, right. I forgot. Trump doesn’t know any history. (Not to digress but, what the hell were they teaching at the expensive schools from which he supposedly graduated?) Apparently his little cadre of heel clickers either doesn’t either or won’t admit to it.
Yeah. Some leaders.
What would Jesus say? The same thing Lin-Manuel Miranda said about Trump re: dissing Mayor Cruz. “You’re going straight to hell.”