Hurricane Maria tore through the island of Puerto Rico almost one year ago on September 20, 2017. The storm accounted for an estimated 3000 American deaths, and left many more homeless, injured and sick. Because of the lack of technology it was very difficult to obtain an accurate death toll form this tragedy.
Late last month, Puerto Rico’s government raised their official Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975. This number was significantly higher than the original number of deaths which was reported at just 64.
“This is unprecedented devastation,” Gov. Ricardo Rossello told reporters back in August.
President Trump has meanwhile been taking credit for his actions in the wake of Hurricane Maria, and its aftermath. People have been wondering how the president could view the recovery and preparation as a success when so many lives were lost. We may now have the answer.
President Trump is creating his own horrid conspiracy theory centered around the almost 3000 deaths on the island. This morning, he tweeted:
“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000. This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”
The President of the United States is rejecting the death toll number, claiming that it’s just a move by Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible”.
Sure, the number 2,975 is just an approximation, but researchers believe it is relatively accurate. While it may be off a bit, Trump seems to imply that the death toll is actually less than 100.