So much for compassionate conservatism.

The tweeter in chief had a mini tantrum yesterday, all but suggesting that there’s a limit to the assistance we can give to the 3.5 million American citizens living in the darkness of Puerto Rico.

In a tweet Trump said, “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

It’s unclear to me where else FEMA should be besides an area that’s been badly ravaged by a hurricane. Isn’t that supposed to be the agency’s job? As for first responders, I guess they better find some other people to rescue. And the military? It’s crazy to expect for them to stay in Puerto Rico for more than a month; after all, we’ve been in Afghanistan for nearly 16 years.

The complete lack of empathy from our fearless leader seems boundless. The luckiest man on the face of this earth can’t imagine what it’s like to be dealt a bad hand in life’s casino. If someone gets hit by a falling safe out a window, it’s because he’s stupid.

The president’s patience is thin; he gave his obligatory photo-op in Puerto Rico, checking off a political box while throwing rolls of Bounty to residents who mercifully are spared his tweets because they lack electricity.

This is behavior that we’d frown mightily upon if a child were to be so cruel. Instead, we have a bully in chief who veers from one insult to the next.

Our only hope is for a 71-year-old man to suddenly change his tune like Scrooge and see the light.

Until then, let them eat paper towels.


Bob Hardt