In the age of Trump, this does not surprise me at all.
Many Trump voters who got hurricane relief in Texas aren’t sure Puerto Ricans should
Some supporters of the president, like Fred Maddox, agree with Trump that Puerto Rico’s infrastructure was frail before the storm; that the crisis was worsened by a lack of leadership there; and that the federal government should limit its involvement in the rebuilding effort, which will likely cost billions of dollars. But others, like Mary Maddox, are appalled by how the president talks about Puerto Rico and say the United States has a moral obligation to take care of its citizens.
A survey released last week by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that a majority of Americans believe that the federal government has been too slow to respond in Puerto Rico and that the island still isn’t getting the help it needs. But the results largely broke along party lines: While nearly three-quarters of Democrats said the federal government isn’t doing enough, almost three-quarters of Republicans said it is.
This includes those who think that living in Puerto Rico is a “paradise,” so who needs electricity, and those who think they should be helping “their own country,” ignorant — willfully or otherwise — of the fact that Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and the people who live there are U.S. citizens.
Not surprisingly, there’s an attitude of ghettoization among some people, not unlike what we saw in the 1960’s after the civil rights marches and the riots in the inner cities of Detroit, Newark, and Los Angeles. “They live there, they didn’t prepare; why should I have to help them?” I suppose it’s pointless to explain that that is what Americans — or any decent human being, regardless of citizenship — would do. It’s part of the Golden Rule — “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” — and yet it’s forgotten by many who otherwise humbly brag that they’re a bible-believing Christian. It’s easy to forget when your new idol is a vulgar egomaniac.