In case you think Barack Obama is the only purveyor of presidential BS…
…we have this fantasy-review of the Puerto Rico hurricane disaster from President Trump:
“I actually think it was one of the best jobs that’s ever been done with respect to what this is all about.
“The job that Fema [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] and law enforcement and everybody did working along with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous. I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success.”
Did FEMA, and other components of government, do a good job under near-impossible circumstances? A reasonable argument can be made that they did – even despite their efforts sometimes being thwarted by the disgraceful performance of Puerto Rico’s local government
But Trump’s rave reviews of how successful efforts were for a disaster that put most of Puerto Rico out of business for months, with enormous loss of life, infrastructure and personal property? Even if there is a plausible argument that they were greatly successful – and I don’t at all think there is – the hyperbole used by Trump to describe it could not be more appallingly inappropriate.
By telling us to ignore the grim facts of what happened, President Trump’s wildly overstated claims decimate his credibility when talking about Puerto Rico…which then projects to a similarly negative perception of other claims he makes, even ones that are far more fact-based.
When does Donald Trump learn that sometimes – maybe most times – the best comment is no comment at all?
I doubt he ever will.