Last week, President Trump horribly insulted Puerto Rican hurricane victims when he literally threw paper towels at them in a church, during his visit to Puerto Rico last Tuesday. Trump created a lot of controversy due to his behavior during his visit, to which he has finally responded to in an interview with Mike Huckabee this weekend.
Trump said that “fake” journalists criticized him for throwing rolls of paper towels to Puerto Rican hurricane victims, and that the towels were were “beautiful and soft.” He then crafted a completely made up excuse for his poor behavior and said that the Puerto Rican hurricane victims asked him to throw the towels at them.
“They had these beautiful, soft towels. Very good towels,” Trump said, “And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people. And they were screaming and they were loving everything. I was having fun, they were having fun. They said, ‘Throw ‘em to me! Throw ‘em to me, Mr. President!’ So next day they said, ‘Oh it was so disrespectful to the people.’ It was just a made-up thing. And also when I walked in, the cheering was incredible.” You can see his comments in the clip below of the full interview, with the paper towel comments above starting around 8:00.
Trump describes his visit to Puerto Rico literally as being “fun.” To him, this was more like a celebration or concert where he was the star in attendance. There was absolutely no way that those people asked to have those items thrown at them. Some of the paper towels hit the ground because the people in the crowd were not expecting Trump to do something that idiotic.
The thing is too, even if Trump’s lies were true, and these people wanted paper towels thrown at them, it would still be obviously foolish to do it. You could reasonably expect that many people would be offended by the Commander in Chief turning a disaster recovery effort into a game show with insulting mockery using emergency supplies.
Even scarier, is that this is a perfect example of Trump completely rewriting reality with his own made up story. We saw Trump throw the towels on camera and we saw people get upset about it. Yet in Trump’s world, these people cheered him on and “fake” journalists reported on the incident. How deep do Trump’s delusions about other things go? Such as North Korea, where deep delusions could end up costing millions of lives.