After giving himself an A+ on his pathetic response to Hurricane Maria’s total devastation of Puerto Rico, Donald Trump left the island to fend for itself. His extreme negligence has resulted in a climbing death count, at least 90% of the island without power, more than 2 million people in need of food, and more than half the country without drinking water. Some Puerto Ricans are so desperate for water, that they have taken to retrieving water from EPA “Superfund” or toxic waste sites.
The EPA cites reports of Puerto Ricans “obtaining, or trying to obtain, drinking water from wells at hazardous waste “Superfund” sites” pic.twitter.com/UW4ZW7RBUG
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) October 11, 2017
CBS News correspondent, David Begnaud, tweeted out an EPA press release this afternoon announcing reports that Puerto Ricans have been “obtaining, or trying to obtain drinking water from wells at hazardous waste ‘Superfund’ sites…”
This horrific news of more American citizens resorting to drinking contaminated water comes two days after FEMA director Brock Long dismissed San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz’ complaints as “political noise” that he has “filtered out,” and one day after Trump and his EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, announced they would remove the Clean Power Act implemented by President Obama. Meanwhile, the Republican House announced over the summer that they intended to cut EPA funding by $528 million, following a Trump proposal to cut it by $3 billion.
In her plea for more aid, Mayor Cruz called the Trump administration’s racist negligence — which stood in stark contrast to their hurricane responses in Texas and Florida — “something close to genocide.”
As the number of dead grows and the drinking water that supports life dwindles, this president’s criminal negligence does indeed look more and more like genocide by indifference.