Donald Trump just demanded the reinstatement of the Jones Act in Puerto Rico, meaning the prices of basic existential needs like food and water will soon OUTRAGEOUSLY rise. This is nothing short of cruel, and it will make the already suffering people of Puerto Rico struggle that much more.
So, while Trump decided to dine in luxury and play golf for 18 holes, and he also decided that it was time to show no sympathy over the Puerto Rican people. Puerto Rico’s waiver for the Jones Act, which was designed to help get aid faster and easier to the island, expired on October 8.
Now, Trump could’ve EASILY reinstated this waiver, but he chose to play golf and lounge about instead—you know, he just has better things to do than help a devastated American territory. Now, “The island will go back to paying much higher shipping costs to import supplies,” per HuffingtonPost.
This dereliction of responsibility comes at the WORST possible time for the Puerto Rican people. The majority of the Puerto Rican people are struggling to get their hands on the most basic of supplies, and now it’s going to be even harder to get these supplies.
People will die, folks, now that Trump refused to extend this Jones Act waiver. And Trump has let it pass, unconscionably. Anyone and everyone who dies on the island from lack of direly needed supplies is directly Trump’s fault.
This isn’t partisan huff-puff either. Sen. McCain blasted Trump’s refusal to reinstate the appropriate waiver, saying, “Until we provide Puerto Rico with long-term relief, the Jones Act will continue to hinder much-needed efforts to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild from Hurricane Maria.”
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is begging someone, anyone, for help with the island’s increasingly Trump-made “humanitarian crisis” He declared in no uncertain terms that “the unmet basic needs of the American citizens of Puerto Rico will become even greater” now that the Jones Act is back in force.
The American people have to demand a moral response from the president. How can Trump allow this to happen? How can he allow prices to be jacked up on American people who are dying and need help quickly and comprehensively?
Trump is betraying the office of the presidency—its duties and its burdens. It is HIS responsibility to give the Puerto Rican people everything they need right now. Instead, he is undermining them.
The time for sitting back and watching has come and gone. Let the Resistance protest like hell until our Tyrant-in-Chief is impeached for good.
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