Legendary singer Marc Anthony could not hold in his true feelings any longer. After weeks of Trump’s deplorable lack of empathy toward Puerto Ricans suffering in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the iconic crooner let the president have it.
— The Hill (@thehill) October 12, 2017
“Tone-deaf, idiotic, callous, and disrespectful,” he began.
Then he issued a call to action that his millions of fans and everyone who shares his outrage should heed: “Until our last breath, we will not forget. #RISEUP.”
Anthony’s passionate outcry springs from President Trump’s racist indifference to the hurricane-ravaged American territory, which stands in stark contrast to his response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida.
First, he delayed his visit by a week, while he insulted black NFL players, rather than responding to the devastating natural disaster. Then he displayed offensive stinginess regarding recovery efforts, citing the harm to “our budget” and blaming Puerto Rico’s “debt.” Next, from his golf cart at Mar-A-Lago, he insulted San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, as she waded through sewage to rescue people. He also insulted the people of Puerto Rico, whom he does not seem to recognize as American citizens, and the majority of whom are living without power, sufficient food, clean drinking water, enough fuel, or adequate shelter.
To make matters worse, he threw paper towels at suffering Puerto Ricans and had to be stopped from throwing cans of chicken at their heads.
Today came the pièce de resistance of Trump hatefulness. He threatened to abandon aid to the island that is home to 3.4 million suffering American citizens.
Considering the litany of abuse this incompetent president has hurled on the Puerto Rican people who have contributed so much dynamic culture to our nation, Marc Anthony’s Twitter comments could not offer a more accurate representation, both of Trump’s response and of what needs to be done.
All Americans need to stand up for our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and let our president know that his dehumanizing people of color, both on the mainland, and in island territories, is un-American, unethical and unacceptable.
As Marc Anthony says, “History has a way of remembering.” History begins now.