CNN’s Brian Stelter stated on CNN Saturday that President Trump’s criticisms of Puerto Rican leadership is a “racist dog whistle.”
Stelter said, “At best the president’s tweets are insensitive today. I think at worst, Fred, they are a racist dog whistle, a disgraceful reaction to what he’s seen on television.”
“He’s clearly watching the mayor of San Juan calling for more help, begging for more help, and reacting this way. I think it’s personally beyond the pale and un presidential. I’m so glad our reporters there in Puerto Rico are describing what’s actually happening on the ground. And I hope the President in between his golf game today watches more of those reports from the ground, rather than just impulsively reacting to what he’s seen from the Mayor of San Juan,” he added.
President Trump tweeted, “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,” adding, “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.”
The Mayor of San Juan that Stelter accuses Trump of “impulsively” reacting to has previously praised a Puerto Rican terrorist. (RELATED: San Juan Mayor Praised Convicted FALN Terrorist)