Opinion piece: an open letter to Trump about Puerto Rico

Trump:

I didn’t really think your response to Puerto Rico could get worse than your embarrassing barrage of accusatory tweets towards Puerto Ricans, but I was, as oft happens with this particular administration, once again proven wrong. In case you didn’t know, the Constitution states that it is the federal government’s responsibility to provide for the general welfare. This means stepping in to help people when there are problems they cannot fix themselves. The humanitarian crisis created by the hurricanes is one example of this. It is your job to help.

Between praising your own administration for its relief efforts (which, in Puerto Rico, have been almost non-existent) and calling Puerto Ricans lazy, your visit to the island was, quite frankly, a disaster. Tip: saying that Hurricane Katrina was worse than Irma and Maria does nothing to alleviate the situation, and actually makes it worse. There are 3.4 million people without food and water, and almost 100% of the island is without electricity. Millions of lives have been permanently altered by this destruction, and it is incredibly offensive to imply that the people of Puerto Rico are in some way not deserving of help because 1,800+ people did not die as a result.

As if the negative PR you would have received with that alone wouldn’t have been enough, you also saw fit to throw paper towels at residents as if they were animals. Nice job. So, all in all, maybe your photo-op visit didn’t go as well as planned. Between mistaking the representative of the Air Force and the Coast Guard and discrediting the local government’s response (when it is clear that they have done more than you have to help), the visit seemed like a slap in the face.

Thank you, Donald Trump, for once again making it very clear that the Trump Administration sees its most vulnerable citizens as second class and undeserving of help. We get the message.

Thanks,

A (perpetually) disappointed American.

Image Credits: Vox

Statistic Credits: Salon

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Secretary Tillerson denies resignation allegations

On Wednesday, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed speculation that he was considering resignation. Tillerson explained that he is committed to serving President Trump, never having pondered resignation.

The Secretary of State’s time in office has recently been surrounded by controversy, as President Trump has called for Tillerson to stop pursuing diplomacy with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

 

By telling Tillerson to essentially stop doing his job, President Trump is undermining the United States’ diplomatic potential.

Although Trump’s disregard for the State Department’s duties are meant to act as a projection of power, it ultimately lowers morale within the administration and is counterintuitive.

Cuban “Actively Considering” 2020 Presidential Run

Dallas Mavericks Owner and business mogul Mark Cuban is considering a 2020 run for president.

This statement was made on Bakari Sellers’ “The Viewpoint” and he went into further detail later on CNBC.

Cuban’s top concerns are healthcare, income inequality, entrepreneurship, and artificial intelligence. He doesn’t mind raising taxes on America’s wealthiest, like himself. He also believes that healthcare is a “right” all Americans deserve.

Cuban’s main reason for not tapping into the presidential race is his family. “90 percent chance he won’t run,” stated the businessman.

Cuban stated that his children have mixed feelings about a possible Candidate Cuban, but his wife is against it. He stated that if his wife changes her opinion, his chances of running for the Oval Office would increase.

Murphy pressured woman to get an abortion

Recent text messages that have come out suggest that Congressman Tim Murphy urged a woman to have an abortion. Tim Murphy is a Republican Representative from Pennsylvania. This news is particularly alarming to the public as Murphy has expressly stated his pro-life ideology on social media and publicly before. The woman he pressured to abort the baby is one he was allegedly having an affair with, according to the text messages acquired by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Although his affair is not news, having confessed to it in September, these newfound messages have left many to call Murphy a hypocrite when his official Facebook account posted pro-life propaganda and as he co-sponsored the 20 week abortion ban. When the woman he was having an affair with made her criticism public, Murphy responded by stating that all Facebook posts were made by his staff and that he was not personally aligned with that ideology.

 

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NBA Revamps All-Star Game

The NBA has made a huge change in the annual All-Star game. The league usually had an East vs West matchup but the league is ditching the old system. Now the leading vote receiver from each conference will be named team captains and be able to pick teams players, regardless of their conference onto their team. This years All-Star game in L.A. will be the first ever without an East-West matchup.

This idea had been reportedly discussed for a while now and is finally a reality. There is no set date for the new all-star draft this season, but starters will be revealed on January 18 and reserves will be revealed on January 23. The Western Conference won six of the final seven all-star games under the outgoing format.

Controversy in the Court

Yesterday, the Supreme Court opened for business set to rule on the most controversial and possibly divisive cases in the Court’s history.

Now with the installation of Justice Neil Gorsuch by President Trump, the Supreme Court is back to its original 5-4 majority, based on ideology. Gorsuch replaced staunch conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away nearly one year ago. However the court could become more partisan as Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is a moderate republican, could retire.

The Court will vote on a number of contentious issues such as the travel ban, immigration, gerrymandering, religious liberty, and cell phone privacy.

According to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “There is only one prediction that is entirely safe about the upcoming term, and that is it will be momentous.”

 

 

The Deadliest Massacre in United States History

In a span of 15 minutes, an enjoyable evening filled with joy and happiness at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, quickly turned into the deadliest massacre in United States History.

According to witnesses, at about 10:08 p.m. local time Sunday, the outdoor venue holding 22,000 country music fans was interrupted by repeated shots of gunfire.

The gunman, authorities identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, which was directly adjacent to the concert grounds. .

After fifteen minutes of continuous bullets being shot out at concert-goers, officers made contact with Paddock outside of suite 32135 of the resort. Upon exchanging gunfire for a brief time, police held back and waited for the arrival of SWAT to proceed.

Police said officers “breached the hotel room,” which was the location of where Paddock executed his plan, and “found the suspect dead.”

In the hotel room, 23 weapons were found- including multiple rifles with scope attachments.

Currently, the massacre has left 59 people dead and at least 527 injured, however, the death toll may increase in the coming days.

At the present time, no motives has been determined, and police believe the gunman acted alone.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas lists as the 273rd shooting in 2017. Regardless of political affiliation, religion, race, and all other unjustified variables that divide us as a country, we all can agree that an end to these senseless acts of violence must come- sooner rather than later.