Sept. 13–The President of the United States is a disgusting individual with a dysfunctional moral compass.
These facts, which we have known for a long time, bear underlining in light of his assertion that the official estimate of Puerto Rican hurricane dead is a whole-cloth fabrication, the result of an elaborate Democratic plot aimed at personally discrediting him. We do not repeat the exact words of the quote here so as not to help spread its destructive, fevered imaginings.
The estimate — that 2,975 people lost their lives as a result of Hurricane Maria and the months that followed — was in fact the result of an exhaustive review by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.
How the researchers describe their methods (we have removed parentheticals for brevity’s sake):
“We developed a series of generalized linear models with monthly data for the pre-hurricane period of July 2010-August 2017, accounting for trends in population size and distribution over this period in terms of age, sex, seasonality and residence by municipal level of socioeconomic development.
“Our estimates also considered Puerto Rico’s consistently high emigration during the prior decade and dramatic population displacement after the hurricane…
“For observed mortality, we used records for all deaths occurring from September 2017-February 2018. The estimates of excess all-cause mortality attributable to the hurricane are the result of comparing the projections for the census and displacement scenarios to observed mortality in the vital registration data.”
Because Donald Trump dislikes the conclusions, he spits insults at the expert demographers who did the work. Because he fears the American people will reach the obvious conclusion that he botched a big job, he tells sisters and brothers and daughters and sons of those whose loved ones died that their deepest personal losses are figments of their imagination.
We have a President with chronic distemper who runs roughshod over the rule of law and democratic norms, but asks to be judged by results.
When the results do not fit the narrative he wishes to advance, he attacks facts as political fabrication.
We end where we began: The President of the United States is a disgusting individual with a dysfunctional moral compass.
This article provided by NewsEdge.