Not Just the N Word. Puerto Rico Response More Than Incompetence

August 16, 2018


328 Days later, electricity restored in Puerto Rico.


The government of Puerto Rico says it has restored power to the last neighborhood that lost electricity after Hurricane Maria — 328 days after the Category 4 storm hit the island.

On Tuesday, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) announced that it had finally reconnected all 1.5 million customers to the power grid, ending the largest blackout in US history and the second-largest blackout in the world. (Though some customers say the electricity is hardly reliable.)

The island’s embattled public utility company celebrated the moment on Twitter.

“The work to restore power has been completed for our last customer; the residence of Charlie, Jazmín and their children in Bo Real Anón, Raíces sector, Ponce; thank you,” the company said Tuesday in a Twitter post, which included a photo of the lucky (or unlucky) family who was last to get electricity.

NBC News:

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman says in her new book that White House chief of staff John Kelly shut down her attempts to get aid for Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria — and he accused the island government of trying to exploit the tragedy to get money from Washington.

She also writes that Kelly and President Donald Trump “referred to Puerto Ricans with derogatory terms many times.” Manigault Newman did not say specifically what those terms were.

Manigault Newman described the administration’s response to Puerto Rico — after the hurricane took out its electrical grid, left residents without food, water or housing and killed many — as lethargic and contrasted it with the White House’s aid to Florida and Texas when those states were hit by hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

In a meeting, Kelly blamed the crisis on Puerto Rico’s “already screwed-up” infrastructure, she wrote in “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” which was released Tuesday. Kelly suggested that Puerto Rico’s government, near bankruptcy, “was trying to exploit the hurricane to focus on the United States to foot the bill to rebuild their electrical grid,” she continued.

“And God bless (Trump’s former homeland security adviser) Tom Bossert, who tried to get the resources, tried to fight,” Manigault Newman wrote. “He and I were fighting arm in arm, hand in hand, to try to advocate for Puerto Rico to get what they needed, and John Kelly shut it down.”

One Response to “Not Just the N Word. Puerto Rico Response More Than Incompetence”

  1. Abel Adamski Says:

    Sometimes you meet people and look in their eyes, there is no life, no soul.

    That is the Trump Administration and the GOP, no soul, no humanity, just a cash register and an ego

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