As Puerto Ricans suffer and die in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Fox & Friends might have you think that Donald Trump is the real victim because he’s not getting the credit he deserves from the “left-wing media” for what he’s done for the island. Ironically, this was shortly before Trump went on a Twitter rampage attacking Puerto Ricans.
Guest Dan Bongino started the conservative victimhood: “You know the media and you wonder why Americans want to vomit every time they have to listen to the left-wing media coverage.” He also complained that the media’s love for President Barack Obama’s "far from perfect" response to Superstorm Sandy, along with a hug from Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), may have gotten Obama re-elected.
Then Bongino got back to Trump and the media: “And now you have Donald Trump’s response to Puerto Rico, to this devastating storm. No question a massive tragedy and what are they doing? Instead of trying to help they’re actually fabricating this story.”
Bongino cited the governor of Puerto Rico who said all his calls had been answered by Trump and that the federal government is doing everything they can.
Nevertheless, Trump's public behavior toward the Puerto Rico crisis was apathetic before he went on a Twitter rant against San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz later this morning. Trump’s ridiculous, earlier defense against criticism didn’t help either: “The response and recovery effort probably has never been seen for something like this. This is an island surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water.”
Bongino argued that Trump “actually has to say things that are obvious to make sure that the media gets the story, like, ‘Hey folks, Puerto Rico is an island. It’s surrounded by water. Like big water.’ That's the president having to explain to the media, right? What an island is because they don’t seem to get that the logistics are different.”
As MSNBC’s Steve Benen noted, Puerto Rico is no more remote from Miami than Trump’s Florida golf resort is to the White House. It’s “obviously an island, but it’s not ‘in the middle’ of a ‘very big ocean,’” Benen pointed out.
Instead of correcting the record, cohost Abby Huntsman put forth more pro-Trump propaganda, including a falsehood:
HUNTSMAN: It all makes sense. I mean the way he worded it, it makes total sense. ...I’ve noticed whenever there is something positive to talk about when the president is on the ground, like we saw him in Houston. We saw him in Florida there hugging people, embracing them, making them feel comforted, like the government is going to be there for whatever they need. You don’t see those positive stories ever in the mainstream media. So where is that balance? I understand that the media’s role, you’ve gotta be critical at times but you never see the other side, you never see the good times.
Ditto for Bongino. “The difference is the media’s role to be critical is only to be critical of Republicans,” he claimed.
45 minutes later, Trump went on his Twitter rampage that undoubtedly did nothing to comfort any Puerto Ricans.
The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
...Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
...want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
But Huntsman and her Fox Friends will surely find a way to spin that in Dear Leader’s favor, too.
Watch the whine fest below, from the September 30, 2017 Fox & Friends.