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In a truly disgusting display of partisanship during CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront Thursday, former Obama administration official-now-passed-off-as-a-journalist, Jim Sciutto allowed Democratic strategist Maria Cardona to claim President Trump was responsible for the 3,000 Puerto Ricans who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The premise of the segment, set up by CNN and Sciutto, was that Trump didn’t care about Hurricane Dorian possibly hitting the U.S. territory but was worried for Florida, where he “owns nine properties and it's also a state he won in the 2016 election”.
Of course, the Democratic strategist agreed with CNN’s prescribed narrative:
Look, the hurricane is now headed to Florida which is as you mentioned, it has nine Trump properties. It also has 29 electoral votes versus Puerto Rico where there are certainly 3 million American citizens, which I think this president forgets conveniently. But that are Hispanic, they speak Spanish, and clearly zero electoral votes.
“Scott, do you have an explanation why the President behaves differently as the hurricane barrels down on Puerto Rico versus Florida,” Sciutto sneered as he turned to former George W. Bush official Scott Jennings.
Jennings took the reasonable approach and noted that “the President has well-known problems with the way Puerto Rico is managed in any objective observer would argue that Florida is a much better-managed piece of land than Puerto Rico is.”