We’ve all been reminded (or even admonished) not to let the outrages of the Trump administration become normalized, but we need to face up to the fact that things like the following are happening so routinely that they’re really not remarkable.
BREAKING: Pres. Trump rejects independent study that reports an estimated 2,975 people died in Puerto Rico in 5 months after Hurricane Maria; provides no evidence to discount the study; declares, without evidence, that the higher death toll is political ploy to make him look bad.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 13, 2018
Ho hum. The president just denied a mass casualty event equivalent to 9/11 in its loss of life. What else happened today, honey?
Oh, you say that Donald Trump has now told more than five thousand demonstrable lies? You say that White House strategists have “largely stopped even trying to get Trump to stick to an economic message that focuses on facts and avoids wild exaggeration”? You say that Trump’s lawyer quit because the president is such “a fucking liar” that he’s essentially “disabled”?
Well, he did win the Electoral College so I guess we just gotta roll with this. Anything good on Netflix?
I mean, who wants to dwell on this?
Said Trump: “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.”
He added that it 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!”
There’s a Thursday Night Football game on tonight. It’s got to be healthier to watch that than to spend three hours watching people hyperventilate on MSNBC, right?
The bottom line is that we need to fix this problem, and it cannot wait until 2020. I can’t take anyone seriously who argues otherwise. And, yes, it starts with winning these damn midterm elections by an overwhelming margin.