President Trump has said he wants to be a president for all Americans, and he's had many occasions to show his love for the American melting pot. There was Black History Month, for instance, when he explained that Frederick Douglass is "someone who has done a terrific job that is being recognised by more and more people"—because he definitely knows who Frederick Douglass is. But few have enjoyed the president's cultural appreciation quite like Hispanic Americans. He's a big fan of a certain cuisine:
But he's an even bigger fan of the Spanish language. Take his expert pronunciation of "Puerto Rico" at a Hispanic Heritage Mont event on Friday:
Wow, someone was paying attention in Español 101. That's almost as striking as the love he showed for Miami's Little Havana neighbourhood:
This is funny until you read the reports on the ground from Puerto Rico. The administration has so badly mishandled the disaster relief efforts that Oxfam has had to step in. The president waited nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit to visit. In between, he spent his time tweeting at a primarily black group of protesting athletes—and calling them "sons of bitches." When he did address Puerto Rico, he seemed to blame them for needing help recovering from a Category 5 hurricane. He also explained Puerto Rico is an island surrounded by "Big Water," a factor complicating relief efforts.
When he finally arrived on the island, he told people to "have a good time" and threw paper towels at them like he was on the floor of Madison Square Garden. Apparently, he was going to try to throw cans of chicken at people, too, until the crowd—again, made up of hurricane victims—had to stop him. He also compared what Puerto Rico suffered to a "real catastrophe" like Hurricane Katrina, and "joked" that the island—at least 90 percent of which is still without power, and where food and clean drinking water are still in dangerously short supply—was ruining his administration's budget. He also scoffed at an aide worker who explained how a device they were handing out to victims could sanitise water.
Oh, also he kicked off his campaign by calling undocumented Mexican immigrants rapists.