When Hurricane Maria struck large areas of the Caribbean Sea in September of 2017, Puerto Rico was supposed to receive reconstruction help from Donald Trump.
Guess what? Trump went there for a photo-op in a soup kitchen on our devastated Island Territory.
In short, Puerto Rico got a really short shrift.
Instead, Houston, the largest city in the Lone Star State, got lots of post-hurricane help after Hurricane Harvey hit there, really hard, in August, 2017.
How could that be?
Could it have something to do with the fact that Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States?
Texas is a red state (but that’s gonna change bigtime i 2022), with 38 Electoral College votes; California has 55 of those. Blue New York: 29, red Florida, 29, 29 tambien (also).
El Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico (The Commonealth of Puerto Rico, our “Rich Port”), a Territory which is supposed to be self-governing (only it has trouble doing that) has NONE, though there are three million four hundred thousand people living there.
The twentieth largest city in the United States is the District of Columbia, where Donald Trump is sometimes found when he’s not enjoying himself on one of his very exclusive golf courses. The District of Columbia is also a Territory, and seven hundred two thousand people live there. The District of Columbia has three votes in the Electoral College (for many years, Trump thought that the Electoral College is part of Trump University).
Puerto Rico has a new governor, and her name is Wanda Vazquez Garced. Her immediate predecessor was Pedro Pierluisi, but the Territory’s Supreme Court nixed that right away, and Pedro was only Hobernor for a day or so (https://www.npr.org/2019/08/07/749090146/puerto-ricos-supreme-court-rules-pierluisi-unconstitutionally-sworn-in-as-govern).
That was after Ricardo Rossello resigned on August 2 in the face of massive protests after somebody (could it have been Julian Assange?), in the Telegramgate scandal (a.k.a RickyLeaks), leaked many of his texts with his close personal friends and advisers.
Our Racist-in-Chief doesn’t give a hoot about Puerto Rico, and, according to our chief South of the Border Correspondent, Sylvania Juguete, Trump has often thought of offering Puerto Rico to Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro Moros, provided that Maduro immediately tells Vlaldimir Putin and Xi Jing-ping to quit propping him up, and, then, resign in favor of Trump-endorsed Juan Guaido; and then Trump will have Maduro taken, right away, to Gitmo.
Elsewhere, our chief associate solitary reporter, Susanna Sherman, has just been made aware of how intelligent Sue Gordon is.
Gordon has resigned as the Deputy Director of National Intelligence, effective August 15, which is also the last day of her boss, former Ambassador and former Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana) (https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/08/politics/deputy-dni-sue-gordon-leaving/index.html).
“So Sue, what prompted you to leave Trump & Company?”
“Susanna, surely, you don’t thing I’m not intelligent!?"