Media Narrative About “Trump’s Katrina” Starts Unraveling in Puerto Rico
NWC threw up a great post last night on what is really going on in Puerto Rico. In short, the US media and the mayor of San Juan seem to have conspired to blame Trump for all the problems in Puerto Rico, when in fact the issue is they cannot get Puerto Rican truck drivers to do their jobs. Thousands of tons of aid are sitting in the port of San Juan and rotting.
Thankfully, there seem to be some politicians who are more concerned about actually getting aid to the people of Puerto Rico instead of stroking the egos of rich, anti-Trump liberals:
The mayor of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico cast serious doubt Saturday on the claims made by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has repeatedly attacked President Trump and accused him of abandoning Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Guaynabo’s mayor, Angel Perez, said in an interview with The Daily Caller that his experience with the federal government has been different from Cruz’s, in part because — unlike Cruz — he has been participating in meetings with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies.
“My experience is different. I have been participating in different meetings at the headquarters of FEMA and our government and the help is coming in and right now my experience is different from hers. I’m receiving help from the government, we are receiving assistance from FEMA, I got people over here helping us with applications for the people that have damage in their houses. And we have here in Guaynabo, we have thousands of people that lost partially or totally their houses,” said Perez, who is a member of Puerto Rico’s New Progressive Party.
When asked about Cruz’s “genocide” statement, Perez said, “I don’t know why she is saying that. What I can tell you is my experience. She is not participating in any meetings and we had a couple already with the governors and with representation of FEMA and of HUD, of these whole federal agencies that have given us help and she’s not participating in those meetings and some mayors from her political party have been participating, so I don’t know why she is saying that. My experience is very different.”
This is a great lesson in how the media has lost its power. During the Bush presidency, the media successfully created a meme that Bush “botched” the response to Hurricane Katrina. The Bush White House fell all over itself agreeing with this lie and apologizing for its supposed “errors.” This meme did huge damage to Bush, and he and the administration never really recovered from it.
The landscape of 2017 is extremely different. The media once had the power to make and break presidents, but even with virtually the entire media and political establishment aligned against him, Trump managed to triumph and become president. The media has been on a nonstop quest to destroy him ever since, and yet we are not seeing much evidence of this in elections.
In fact, most of the crucial special elections that were seen as referendums on the Trump administration have come out in the Republicans’ favor. The nomination of Roy Moore in Alabama indicates continuing a conservative resurgence. The media has been helpless to stop all this.
CNN’s latest cartoonishly evil scheme is going to fall apart like most of the rest. The only thing which can really hurt the Trump administration, in my opinion, is being separated from his base.
What is more concerning is that supplies of food in most of Puerto Rico are very thin. I became concerned when I read stories two days ago saying that truck drivers simply weren’t reporting in for work to deliver the aid sitting in San Juan’s port. At first, I thought perhaps the damage was so severe they were unable to report for work. But then I got more nervous when I read about “negotiations” with the truck drivers’ union. What did they have to “negotiate” about?
Sure enough, stories have begun trickling out via Twitter that the real problem is that the Puerto Rican truck drivers’ union, Frente Amplio, has decided to demand bribes to do their jobs and deliver the aid. The media almost certainly has heard this story and is probably deliberately covering it up so they can blame Trump for everything going wrong.
Trump should recruit drivers from the mainland who aren’t lazy, stupid, and corrupt and get them to Puerto Rico in order to break the strike. These truck drivers are playing games with peoples’ lives, and if they’re allowed to continue striking, a real humanitarian crisis might develop as opposed to the imaginary one CNN has been trying to create.