Trump May Be Trying to Win Puerto Rican Votes. Twitter Users Are Not Having It.


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By Mivette Vega

September 22, 2020

Some said Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria foreshadowed his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the US.

The hashtag #TrumpKillsPuertoRico went viral on Twitter showing that many do not forget the way that President Donald Trump has treated the island in the past years.

Sunday marked the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall on the island. On Monday, thousands on social media remembered the different ways that Trump has reacted to the island’s emergency.

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The destruction left behind by the hurricane is still evident today. Thousands of people have FEMA’s blue tarps instead of roofs on their houses. Many other homes are still in disrepair, and major infrastructure problems abound.

One of the most shared videos on Twitter using the #TrumpKillsPuertoRico hashtag was produced by, a political action committee, which shows some of Trump’s most controversial quotes on Puerto Rico’s emergency situation. Footage of the president throwing rolls of paper towels at people during his post-hurricane visit to the island has also been widely shared. “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you threw our budget a little out of whack,” Trump said during his visit to the island, 13 days after the hurricane hit.

Some social media users criticized Trump’s announcement last Friday regarding the allocation of $13 billion to rebuild the island. Some speculate the announcement was made in the interest of gaining Puerto Rican votes in Florida, the largest swing state.

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Others posted on the thousands of deaths caused by Maria. Some said Trump’s response to the disaster foreshadowed his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, which so far has claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Americans.

The video “Prohibido Olvidar” (forgetting is forbidden) by singer Marc Anthony, which shows the suffering of Puerto Ricans after the hurricane, was also trending online.

The words of the recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg also made their way through social networks with the #TrumpKillsPuertoRico hashtag: “All Americans should have the freedom and the right to comment or warn others, if a corrupt, delinquent, con-artist politician is trying to destroy our nation.”

UPDATE (September 22, 2020, 12:20 p.m.): This story has been updated to reflect the correct amount of aid allocation to Puerto Rico: $13 billion.


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