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Sat Sep 30, 2017, 12:38 PM

Dan Rather's Response to Trump's Tweet Attacking Mayor of San Juan

Dan Rather
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Excuse me, Mr. President but your tantrum tweet storm this morning attacking the mayor of San Juan, a fellow American citizen dealing with a real-time life and death struggle for hundreds of thousands of her constituents on an island of millions in crisis, is not only far below the dignity of the office you hold. It fails even the most basic test of humanity.

Did she have harsh words for your Administration's response to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria? Yes. It's called a reality check, and one that conforms to every firsthand account coming out of Puerto Rico no matter how much you try to deflect with your "Fake News" epithets. To take this personally is to put ego before country. And you also blame the Puerto Ricans themselves? That they want "everything done for them"? No. They just expect to be treated as any other American would.

I have seen more than my share of wretched desperation over the course of my career. I have reported from crisis zones where matters of life and death hang moment to moment in the balance between action and inaction, where communication is limited, and the sense of panic is building. I have seen the most steadfast of leaders feel the crushing weight of responsibility as they survey a landscape of almost incomprehensible need.

It does not take a saintly amount of compassion or empathy to feel for those who are struggling to stay alive, who are worried for the fate of family and friends, and who have seen so much that they have known and loved blown and washed away. You swore to "faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States" and that means a responsibility to look out for all Americans, even if they live on an island in the ocean, or look different or even speak a different language than what you think is America.

I worry that whoever has your ear has not adequately impressed upon you the gravity of this situation, or even the political price you are likely to pay (although that can be no where near the top concern at the moment). Or perhaps you have been told and haven't listened.

Regardless, what Puerto Rico needs now is not rhetoric but help, not a bumbling response, but the precision and competence we expect of our government. I do not believe "blame the victim" is what Americans expect of their president.

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Reply Dan Rather's Response to Trump's Tweet Attacking Mayor of San Juan (Original post)
FourScore Sep 2017 OP
dalton99a Sep 2017 #1
Xipe Totec Sep 2017 #9
Fritz Walter Sep 2017 #22
Xipe Totec Sep 2017 #23
spanone Sep 2017 #2
The Velveteen Ocelot Sep 2017 #3
Vinca Sep 2017 #4
Phoenix61 Sep 2017 #6
sarge43 Sep 2017 #8
wryter2000 Sep 2017 #26
sarge43 Sep 2017 #28
malaise Sep 2017 #5
edbermac Sep 2017 #7
mjvpi Sep 2017 #10
3catwoman3 Sep 2017 #12
grantcart Sep 2017 #19
Scurrilous Sep 2017 #11
mgardener Sep 2017 #13
NastyRiffraff Sep 2017 #14
maddiemom Sep 2017 #18
NastyRiffraff Sep 2017 #21
Different Drummer Sep 2017 #15
Kleveland Sep 2017 #16
mfcorey1 Sep 2017 #17
gademocrat7 Sep 2017 #20
red dog 1 Sep 2017 #24
smirkymonkey Sep 2017 #25
H2O Man Sep 2017 #27
defacto7 Sep 2017 #29
trueblue2007 Oct 2017 #30
Pauldg47 Oct 2017 #31
ecstatic Oct 2017 #32

Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 12:41 PM

1. Trump fails every basic test of humanity.

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 01:23 PM

9. Amoebas have scored higher. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #9)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 03:42 PM

22. E.coli from a cholera victim is higher up...

...the evolutionary ladder than this mis-directed cum-stain. How in dog’s name this particular sperm outswam the others is a total mystery. And it begs the question of the existence of an all-seeing, all-knowing and benevolent supreme being.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Reply #22)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 04:02 PM

23. Heart of a Dog

I highly recommend this novel.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_of_a_Dog

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 12:42 PM

2. K&R... Thank You Mr. Rather....

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 12:47 PM

3. He was much too nice.

My response would be more along the lines of:

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU? WERE YOU RAISED BY WOLVES?

Actually, you can't have been raised by wolves because they take care of each other; you were probably raised by psychopathic velociraptors. But regardless of whose repellent spawn you are, it's obvious that you are fucked up beyond repair, because anyone who had even the tiniest shred of human kindness in their soul would not have said what you said about the desperate people of a part of the United States, the country whose leader you purport to be, or about their mayor, whose only offense was to beg for help that doesn't seem to be coming. No actual human being behaves like that. You are an evil, nasty, bad person. You deserve only opprobrium and loathing. FUCK YOU.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 12:50 PM

4. Your response is much more appropriate.

Rather is still showing "respect for the office," but we're about 200 tweets past that.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 01:05 PM

6. Very well said

A serial killer can fake being a human being better than Twitler.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 01:19 PM

8. "psychopathic velociraptors"

The International League of Psychopathic Velociraptors appreciates the comparison. After all Dolt is an honorary member.

Both of you were much too nice.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #8)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 06:16 PM

26. Why do you hate velociraptors?

Maybe just the psychopathic kind?

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #26)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 06:53 PM

28. They're ok; in fact very handy

Our two keep the bears away from our bee hives. However, when they go bat shit, they can be quite the nuisance.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 12:51 PM

5. Well said

Rec

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 01:07 PM

7. Drumpf would give a glass of water to a drowning man.

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Response to edbermac (Reply #7)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 01:25 PM

10. On a good day. Most days he would sell it to him.

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Response to mjvpi (Reply #10)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 01:42 PM

12. While he was throwing him...

...an anchor.

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Response to mjvpi (Reply #10)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 03:18 PM

19. rent it with non refundable cleaning fee and a deposit for the glass.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 01:33 PM

11. K&R

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 01:43 PM

13. People like Trump

Can turn on ANYONE. Can leave you or me to die, depending on how it will help him.
No one in the US is safe from Trump. Except Trump. And maybe his family.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 02:28 PM

14. Dump is playing to his base, yet again

He ran his campaign on anti-immigration, anti-Latino rhetoric. Puerto Rico is filled with brown people who HAVE SPANISHY ACCENTS! To the Deplorables, they're not Americans no matter what the "Fake News" says; they're dirty Hispanics and Merka shouldn't waste money helping them, since everybody knows they're lazy and don't help themselves.

If that sounds extreme, just look at this morning's tweets, where he not only insulted the major of San Juan, but also the Puerto Rican people. His base loves that; anybody with an ounce of empathy thinks he's a monster.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #14)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 03:18 PM

18. Does Trump speak a second language?

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Response to maddiemom (Reply #18)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 03:40 PM

21. He doesn't have a command of his first language

Learning a language other than your first requires patience, a willingness to make mistakes, and concentration. Dump has none of those qualities.

So, I doubt it, although I don't know.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 02:32 PM

15. K&R!!! n/t

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 02:58 PM

16. I am afraid that when this asshole took the oath of office....

And spoke the formerly noble words:

"faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States"

That he sincerely thought "execute" meant to actually kill the office of President of the United States as we know it.

Well folks.... here we are.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 02:58 PM

17. And take Sarah Huckabee Sanders with you on your journey to hell!

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 03:23 PM

20. Thank you, Dan Rather.

Chump is an utter failure.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 05:42 PM

24. K&R...Thanks for posting

and thank you, Dan Rather.

(Mr. Mueller, please indict this lying, insane, criminal POS before he starts WW3)

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 05:50 PM

25. K&R

I have run out of words to describe how much I hate this man.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 06:22 PM

27. Recommended.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Sep 30, 2017, 11:09 PM

29. K&R&T

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sun Oct 1, 2017, 01:32 AM

30. I think DONALD TRUMP has no heart

After Hurricane Maria hit, Puerto Rico, he didn't even mention the disaster for a whole week.
He spent all last week whining about failure of HIS PARTY ( GOP ) to repeal ObamaCare, YAPPING on Twitter about athletes "taking a knee " & playing golf.
He said Carmen Cruz, the Mayor of Puerto Rico was "NASTY" and a rotten leader for requesting so much Federal help !!!
HE IS A MONSTER. #IMPEACHTRUMPNOW #impeachTrump

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Response to trueblue2007 (Reply #30)

Sun Oct 1, 2017, 01:50 AM

31. Yes....IMPEACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sun Oct 1, 2017, 02:05 AM

32. Amazing post! Unfortunately, Trump is barely literate. Will one of his aides

read it to him? That could get a little awkward. Someone on CNN should read it to him.

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