Americans Rallying After Democratic Representative Blasts Trump For Playing “Victim” On Puerto Rico

Democratic Representative Nanette Barragan ripped into President Trump on Twitter this Thursday for his argument that 3,000 people did not perished as a result of a devastating hurricane that struck Puerto Rico this past year.

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“3,000 people died, and Donald Trump wants us to believe he is the victim,” Barragan wrote on Twitter.

A George Washington University study that was first unveiled last month estimated that 2,975 people died as a direct result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

In two separate tweets on Thursday, Trump suggested that 3,000 people did not die as a result of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. He continued to say that the updated death toll “was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico.”

The GW study investigated mortality rates on the island in non-disaster years and contrasted them to standards post-Maria. According to the survey, emigration rates were also included to avoid miscalculating the deaths, since tens of thousands of people fled the island after the hurricanes.

The study was released by the government of Puerto Rico shortly after the hurricane struck.

In his tweets, Trump claimed the official death toll was 6 to 18 deaths during his October 2017 visit to the island.

“As time went by it did not go up by much,” he added

However, according to the study, in the six months following the hurricanes, 16,608 people had passed away in Puerto Rico. Had the disaster not occurred, GW researchers argued that 13,633 people would have died in that same period.

The hurricane-related deaths shot up in January among the poorest residents of Puerto Rico, according to GW.

Here’s how Americans reacted:

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