Seth Meyers unloaded on President Donald Trump for his response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
“Every week, it seems like we’ve seen Donald Trump at his worst, and every week he finds a way to sink lower. Now, with his response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, we are witnessing once again the very real consequences of electing a lazy, ignorant racist as president,” Meyers said at the start of Monday’s Closer Look segment on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Citing tweets from Trump about the disaster in Puerto Rico, Meyers blasted Trump as “dumb” and “lazy” and took issue with his attacks against the San Juan Mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz.
“When she heard [Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke call the relief effort a ‘good news story’], the mayor of San Juan was understandably frustrated, pleading in interviews and press conferences for more help and a greater sense of urgency for the people of Puerto Rico,” Meyers said. “In return, Donald Trump did what any leader would do: he berated the people begging him for help.”
On Twitter, Trump attacked Cruz, writing, “The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump. Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”
Said Meyers, “With his insults this weekend, Trump proved once again how petty and cruel he can be.” The host added, “This is the cruel racism of Donald Trump at work. When the victims of hurricanes in Florida and Texas needed help he didn’t hesitate. But when the victims are people of the color and the people challenging him are women of color, his reaction is to insult them, drag his feet on sending help, and bring up financial issues.”
Meyers closed out his segment by saying “Trump doesn’t have the basic human decency to show compassion and grace toward the victims of a natural disaster” and mocking Trump’s commentary about how Puerto Rico is surrounded by water.