Donald Trump: Worst President Ever. Ever.

San Juan, PR mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Shirt reads, “HELP US WE ARE DYING”

CNN reports on the growing humanitarian crisis unfolding in the United States dependent territory of Puerto Rico after a devastating direct strike on the island by Hurricane Maria–a crisis that has steadily worsened politically for Donald Trump’s administration this past week, with a yawning gap between the administration’s insistence that all is going well and increasingly desperate reports on the ground.

Early this morning, the politics of the situation shifted dramatically as Trump attacked the mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulín Cruz on Twitter, blaming her and the people of Puerto Rico for wanting “everything to be done for them.”

President Donald Trump launched an attack on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Saturday for criticizing the White House’s hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, accusing her of “poor leadership” and suggesting that the island’s residents are not doing enough to help themselves.

“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,” the President tweeted from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending the weekend. “… 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 want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”

Mayor Yulín Cruz earned Trump’s Twitter wrath by responding negatively to comments to reporters from acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke on Thursday that she was “very satisfied” with the federal government’s response in Puerto Rico:

“This is, damn it, this is not a good news story,” Mayor Yulín Cruz said. “This is a ‘people are dying’ story. This is a ‘life-or-death’ story. This is, ‘there’s a truckload of stuff that cannot be taken to people’ story. This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen.” [Pols emphasis]

As of now sixteen people are confirmed dead in Puerto Rico, and with large portions of the island still inaccessible, that number is almost certain to rise. Beyond that, the struggle 3.4 million American citizens face recovering from the hurricane will take years to get through–most likely well past the end of Trump’s presidency. With that said, every aspect of Trump’s response to the situation in Puerto Rico has been colored now by these attacks on the very disaster victims his administration is charged with assisting. A president publicly slamming elected officials in the middle of disaster relief is bad enough, but Trump’s inclusion of “their workers” in his disparagement is belligerence against his own citizens on a scale that quite frankly boggles the mind. It’s unimaginable that a sitting American President would personally lash out against not just politicians, but victims in the aftermath of a natural disaster impacting millions of Americans.

Except it’s not unimaginable. It just happened.

James Buchanan, “Rutherfraud” B. Hayes, John Tyler. The title of “worst president ever” is always difficult to honestly reckon, being influenced by the news of the day and its transient impact on presidential popularity. It’s a yardstick always skewed toward the biases of the present. But by any objective measure, we believe that Trump is carving out a permanent place for himself among the very worst chief executives in our nation’s long history. It is not a statement we feel should be made lightly.

But this is too much. Trump has gone too far, too many times.

26 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MichaelBowman says:

    There really is a tweet for everything. 

  2. Karenh says:

    This guy makes Bush look like a towering intellectual.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Overheard recently, about 6:00 p.m., in Kennebunkport: . . . 

      "Heh, heh, heh — See that, Daddy?!? — Remember when you were telling Mom and everybody that I couldn't possibly be any worse?!? Well, how do you like them apples now, ya’ old one-termer!! — heh, heh, heh"

      ” . . . Crisesake’s Bar, someone (you?) left the damn liquor cabinet unlocked again!!!”

      “Oh, Piss off, George! Jebby and me needed a pick-me-up. What’s it matter now anyway? You know anybody who’s not drinking heavily theses days!? . . .

      . . . ‘Old one-termer’ hee, hee — good one, Junior. Cheers.”

      “Thanks, Mom, heh, heh, heh . . .”

      “Put that pretzel down, right now, before you hurt yourself!”

      “Yes, Mom.”

  3. Voyageur says:

    Not only the worst president ever, Trump stinks!

    Stay upwind, my friends.

     

  4. Meiner49er says:

    To be President, doesn't someone have to, you know, "preside"? Asking for several million friends.

  5. Pseudonymous says:

    He's just focused on the real Americans in the USVI.

    What a bellend.

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    I'm pretty certain that history will eventually show that Donnie TwoScoops-SodaFountainOfJustice-Drümpfenführer already had a firm lock on that title before the end of January 2017 . . . 

    . . . the rest is, as they say at DQ, all sprinkles.

  7. DavidThi808 says:

    So far… the worst president was easily Buchanan. Second worst Andrew Johnson.

    And to date I'd still put Hoover as worse than Trump.

    Keep in mind that the less Trump accomplishes, the less damage he does. The country is in decent shape and resilient so doing nothing is ok at present.

    I'm not even sure Trump will be worse than Bush. If he ends up not accomplishing anything game changing, that's better than what Bush did in Iraq (and from that ignoring Afghanistan).

    He's likely the most incompetent person we've ever had in the office. But that alone doesn't make him the worst.

    • Davie says:

      But just wait, he has another 3 years to blow up the world.  It's well within his grasp.

    • ParkHill says:

      David, are you smoking some of Michael's herb?

      Trump is implementing his program bigly:

      – Removing pollution regulations
      – Taking away incentives for alternative energy
      – Arresting thousands of immigrants & splitting up families
      – Wrecking the State Department
      – Killing Obamacare sign-ups & Driving insurance prices up in the individual market
      – Inciting bigotry, fear, hatred and division based on racist appeals.

      So, when you say Trump is not accomplishing anything, maybe you aren't paying attention to the right things. All those tweets must be distracting you from noticing that the Trump agenda is alive and well, and being implemented across all branches of government.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      I would have to say the worst president has been Bill Clinton.  Because of his lost focus and pursuit of pleasure, we ended up with Bush instead of Gore and now Trump.  I think people voted against Hillary in part because they didn't want to see him back in the White House.  The guy personally moved the country to right at a time when we needed good leadership on our environment and our culture.  Those opportunities are now gone and our country and the world are darker places.  What a putz.

    • DaftPunk says:

      Piling on, but you're blissfully ignorant if you think the worst Trump can achieve is benign neglect.  

      EPA, Energy and State departments are hemorrhaging experienced, quality staff members due to the active hostility of their heads to their missions, and the decline in institutional knowledge is not something that is undone with a new presidency.

  8. MichaelBowman says:

    The Lord helps those who help themselves? (photo credit: Getty Images)

    Drumpf surrounded by the household staff at Mar-a-Lago.  

  9. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    It would take a lot to make the perpetual souse Franklin Pierce look good as the Prez. Trump is making that happen. 

    What's really important is what people like Moderatus, Andrew Carnegie, and PP (Passionate Prune) can say in defense of their boy Trump's performance.

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