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Trump’s Beloved Paper Towels

Madison Barr

The President and First Lady arrive in Puerto Rico

During his visit to Puerto Rico on October 3, President Donald Trump visited with survivors of Hurricane Maria and helped distribute supplies to the people of Puerto Rico.

He began passing around various items, including a flashlight and canned goods, before making the decision to pick up paper towel rolls.

This lead to the infamous video of Trump throwing paper towels into the crowd of survivors gathered before him.

Yes, you read that correctly. He was throwing paper towels.

Now, maybe he does have an important reason for tossing these paper towels out, but I truly cannot seem to find a good reason besides the fact that he is clearly ignorant as to the destruction the people of Puerto Rico have had to cope with and are continuing to cope with.

After half a week, Trump finally decided that it was time to ‘own up’ to his actions.

“They had these beautiful, soft towels. Very good towels,” Trump said.

Oh, if they had amazing paper towels then of course he had to throw them. It would be inhumane if he did not.

“I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people,” Trump said. “And they were screaming and they were loving everything. I was having fun, they were having fun. They said, ‘Throw ’em to me! Throw ’em to me Mr. President!'”

Let us be blunt for a bit. What are the people of Puerto Rico supposed to do with paper towels?

Are they supposed to wipe up the devastation left by Hurricane Maria with their extra absorbent paper towels?

What he did is an absolute joke. Survivors should not be treated like this.

How can I forget the complete lack of empathy he displayed towards the survivors of both Hurricane Irma and Maria?

“It’s a great trip,” Trump said. “Your weather is second to none, but every once in a while you get hit. And you really got hit.”

I am not quite sure that joking about the weather, which has devastated families and taken the lives of 43 people and counting in Puerto Rico, is appropriate.

Most appalling is that it took the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulín Cruz, to say how devastated her people are rather than our President.

“I scream and shouted, literally,” Cruz said. “I said ‘My people are dying here. What do you want to do?'”

Once she criticized the inefficiency of the Trump administration’s response to the devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria, he and his team finally seemed to care.

Trump’s true character really shines through when he only cares about the well being of others when they criticize him instead of showing the slightest amount of sympathy towards those devastated no matter what they are saying about him.

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About the writer
Madison Barr, opinion editor

Madison Barr is the opinion editor of The Voice and huntleyvoice.com; this is her third year on staff. In her free time, Madison likes to read and listen to anything remotely political and constantly has Twitter notifications on for her favorite journalist, Jake Tapper.

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Trump’s Beloved Paper Towels