“I was just starting to think you’re okay. I was thinking, ‘Nancy Wheeler: she’s not just another suburban girl who thinks she’s rebelling by doing exactly what every other suburban girl does, until that phase passes and they marry some boring one-time jock who now works sales, and they live out a perfectly boring little life at the end of a cul-de-sac exactly like their parents, who they thought were so depressing.’ But now, hey, I get it.”
Kicking off a news conference in San Juan, Trump couldn’t help but comment on how much Puerto Ricans, who have been without electricity and water for days, are costing the government. “Mick Mulvaney is here, right there, and Mick is charge of a little thing called budget. Now I hate to tell you Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack,” Trump said in what, at best, was a completely inappropriate joke. “Because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico.”
This of course, was merely a warm-up for the true highlight of Trump’s remarks, when he pushed back on comparisons between Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Katrina in the most insensitive way possible. “We’ve saved a lot of lives,” Trump said. “Every death is a horror. But if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with really a storm that was totally overpowering, nobody’s ever seen anything like this.” While the official death toll in Puerto Rico currently stands at 16, that number hasn’t been updated in six days, given the lack of electricity and communications. Experts say the number of victims is likely far higher, and will only become clear as the disaster recovery effort progresses.