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Donald Trump's words about Puerto Rico with in the past few days have been controversial to many. Republicans and conservatives have praised him for his words and his strong stance on it. Democrats and liberals have criticized him for being so harsh on the government officials in Puerto Rico. With his visit to Puerto Rico today, he made a statement that sparked many feelings from both sides. Even though I live with a very conservative family my views are more liberal, something that has been more common with teenagers like myself. I will be talking about my response and reaction to what Trump said in Puerto Rico.
Let's begin with exactly what he said
"Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous- hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here, with really a storm that was just totally overpowering, nobody's ever seen anything like this. What is your death count at the moment? 17? 16 people certified, 16 people versus the thousands. You can be very proud of all your people and all of our people working together. 16 versus literally thousands of people. Everyone around this table and everyone watching and be very proud of what's taking place in Puerto Rico."
When I first read over this I was a little in shock. I couldn't believe that he was comparing the number of deaths to how horrible of a natural disaster was. Just because a certain number of people died in one situation does not mean that many more are suffering in another. I also despise to his word choice. When talking about a horrible natural disaster that basically ruined a country, one should not use the word proud. It makes it sound like something good has happened and they should be proud that a natural disaster happened. After reading it a few more times, one realizes that is not the case or what he was intending to come across. However, many people just take what they see on the surface and run with it. That being said he should've had better word choice so nobody could twist his words or make it seem like his words had a different meaning than what he was intending.
When it comes down to it, I still do not like Trump as a government leader or how he treated the government leaders in Puerto Rico, but I do think that his words were twisted into something that he did not intend. Of course that could've been solved by better word choice, but word choice is not always the strong suit. When it comes down to it I believe that we should be supportive for Puerto Rico and hope to get them back on their feet. You should not bash their government officials in anyway shape or form and we should not treat their people as lesser of a person because they went through and actually disaster and are in a tough place at the moment. If it natural disaster occurred in the United States we would not hesitate to jump to the need of the people, but when it comes to her territory we are lenient and that could be because we don't see them as our own or it could be something deeper.