The pictures out of the stricken island of Puerto Rico are stunning and heartbreaking. And what you can't see is worse.
Millions of desperate people without food and water, with no power, no fuel, no way to communicate with loved ones and friends, or the outside world.
But for almost a week while people suffered and died, Donald Trump did nothing.
Being too preoccupied with other matters to notice or care
And when he did finally notice what was going on, all he did was repeat what everyone already knew, and praise himself.
Over and over again.
Or talk about how if that poverty stricken island was going to be helped, it would have to discuss how it's going to pay back its massive debt.
“It’s really hard to talk about bankruptcy and debt when people have no power, no water, no homes, and their entire lives have been devastated,” said Julio Ricardo Varela, 48, a journalist from Puerto Rico who co-hosts the In the Thick political podcast.
“Comments like those come across as not only incredibly short-sighted and insensitive, but it just confirms how the United States, as a country, views its colonial territory. Bringing up the debt just brings up old wounds. ‘Yep, we’re a colony. You had to remind us, huh?’ The island’s destroyed, but you had to remind us that we have no control over our destiny. Thank you.”
Even as the mayor of San Juan begged the world for help.
San Juan mayor: "I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island..." pic.twitter.com/R1N0xDT0fz— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 29, 2017
And why did it take so long for Trump to respond?
Answer: because he was too busy hanging out at one of his fancy golf clubs.
At first, the Trump administration seemed to be doing all the right things to respond to the disaster in Puerto Rico.
But then for four days after that — as storm-ravaged Puerto Rico struggled for food and water amid the darkness of power outages — Trump and his top aides effectively went dark themselves.
Trump jetted to New Jersey that Thursday night to spend a long weekend at his private golf club there, save for a quick trip to Alabama for a political rally. Neither Trump nor any of his senior White House aides said a word publicly about the unfolding crisis.
And he did nothing until he saw the pictures on TV, and began to feel the heat.
Even though local officials had said publicly as early as Thursday that the island was “destroyed,” the sense of urgency didn’t begin to penetrate the White House until Monday, when images of the utter destruction and desperation — and criticism of the administration’s response —began to appear on television, one senior administration official said.
And today, as millions are hungry and thirsty, and heroic medical workers struggle to treat the sick and try to keep cholera at bay, Trump is back spending the weekend at one of his golf clubs.
And it is his Katrina moment.
George Bush's slow response to that hurricane finished off his presidency.
But the lazy incompetent Trump's response was even worse...
And all I ask is that when that criminal clown is finally driven from office, that he be put on trial, charged with criminal negligence and/or genocide.
And be made to pay for his crimes...