Skip to comments.Puerto Rico’s governor to Trump: ‘No reason to underscore the tragedy’
Posted on 09/15/2018 6:28:53 AM PDT by yesthatjallen
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló tore into President Trump on Friday as he continued to deny a scientific study which found that 3,000 people died on the island following a series of hurricanes last year.
Mr. President Id very much be willing to walk you through the scientific process of the study and how @Gwtweets arrived at the excess mortality number estimate. There is no reason to underscore the tragedy we have suffered in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Rosselló tweeted.
In the meantime, I hope you consider sending a message of support to show you stand with all of the US Citizens in Puerto Rico that lost loved ones. It would certainly be an act of respect and empathy, he continued.
Rossellós rebuke came after Trump doubled down on his claim, saying there was no way the death toll was that high after casting doubt on the researchers at George Washington University (GWU).
During a Friday night tweet storm, Trump said he was originally told the death toll following Hurricane Maria last fall was 16.
Over many months it went to 64 PEOPLE. Then, like magic, 3000 PEOPLE KILLED, Trump wrote.
Rosselló also issued a scathing statement when Trump said his administrations response to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico was an unsung success and one of the best jobs thats ever been done with respect to emergency response.
The historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and unAmerican, Rosselló said. It is certainly not a successful relationship.
Rosselló called on Trump to extend federal coverage for the housing restoration and clean-up that is still ongoing on the island.
This was the worst natural disaster in our modern history, he said. Our basic infrastructure was devastated, thousands of our people lost their lives and many others still struggle.
"Now is not the time to pass judgement; it is time to channel every effort to improve the lives of over 3 million Americans in Puerto Rico," he added.
Trump also this week claimed without evidence that Democrats inflated the death toll in Puerto Rico to make him look bad.
This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico! he tweeted Thursday.
Rosselló last month updated the government's official death toll for Hurricane Maria to match the results of the study commissioned from GWU.
"We stand by the science underlying our study which found there were an estimated 2,975 excess deaths in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria," GWU's Milken Institute School of Public Health said in a statement this week. "We are confident that the number 2,975 is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date."
The study reached its death-toll figure by comparing estimates of typical non-disaster death rates over six months to the actual mortality rate in Puerto Rico six months after the storm. A number of studies have found that the number of people who died as a result of the hurricane's impact was much higher than the number originally counted lost during the storm itself.
He's pointing out how 'academia' (George Washington University) created these numbers out of estimates and models, something that has never been done before, and the Democratic Media Complex reported them as fact.
The Puerto Rico Gov is a progressive buttwipe.
But why use two words.
Progressive is enough.
Shut up. He explained.
No need to point out the lies and incompetence of the PR government./sarc
This is basically some college kid’s term paper, using unspecified computer modeling. I wonder if the researchers used “Sim City” or “Civilization 3” to do the calculation.
Democrats only view science as a political tool. They don’t care about reality or accuracy or facts just about making some kind of ideological point. They’ve corrupted the whole process.
Waaaa don’t point out my lies!!!
Kind of odd how the Dems try to make hay over these (undoubtedly) suspect numbers but ignore the millions who died after very strict gun control was enacted.
Getting the Marxist corrupt Mayor elected Governor and Nelson re-elected, as well as some Congressional seats.
FL has tons of PR evacuees. That's why NOW the Rats are conveniently bringing up the fake death toll.
As usuall the Dems and their left-wing activist groups don't give a damn about the people, only using them as a vehicle to gain or consolidate power.
That’s good old progressive Teddy Roosevelt. We just HAD to have an empire. Imagine America right now if we didn’t own Puerto Rico.
I want to see the death certificates and funeral news for 3000 people.
I think you nailed it
“Over many months it went to 64 PEOPLE. Then, like magic, 3000 PEOPLE KILLED”
Florence went from hitting the coast at a possible cat 6 to actually being a tropical storm.
A 100% chance Hillary would win, a 0% chance Donald Trump would win.
Yet ... MAGA sweeps to victory.
Do these people ever get ANYTHING right?
AMERICA, got the election right.
I’m with Donald Trump, MY president!
3000 deaths my A$$!
If there is no reason to underscore this tragedy why is there a reason to embellish and inflate the human cost??
“””...to walk you through the scientific process of the study and how @Gwtweets arrived at the excess mortality number estimate.”””
He admits the number is “excess” and then goes on to defend them. Is he occasional cortex’s uncle?
We need to mock The Hill and the Dem Media and laugh at them and
move on .
Dont bother addressing the phony storyline.
We need to stop feeding media monsters like Morgan at the Shill .
” and how @Gwtweets arrived at the excess mortality number estimate”
TWO important words here...
EXCESS and ESTIMATE.
Even the lefty governor is agreeing with Trump.
One wonders why they need a "scientific process" to know how many died. 64 to 3,000? Fake science.
*Welcome to Skype, please dial in now*
"Ok we've got the DNC on the line, the NYT, Harvard is here, and the one guy in Puerto Rico who has phone service. Ola, Governor."
"Ok. We've called this meeting because Harvard has dreamed up a beauty to drive down Trump's numbers with Latinos. Harvard?"
"Yes, we're going to say half the island was wiped out."
"Hi this is NYT here. Can you make it higher?"
"Governor, what do you think?"
"Well, we're not Latino. We're Puerto Ricans!"
"Ohhhhkaayyyyy. Jesus Christ, these pendejos. Shhh."
"¿Puedo hablar contigo? I have to vámonos! I have half the island stacking water out in the jungle, and the other half rowing the island towards Cuba. You print what you like, you know my people can't read. Adios!"
Okay. Let’s settle this once and for all by publishing the names of the 3000 supposedly dead people and their funeral date. Extra points if a picture of their burial site is available.
Why are you looking at me that way? Did 3000 people die or not? Prove it.
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