The US and its neighbouring countries saw many horrific storms and hurricanes in the recent past. Amid criticism about his response to disasters, US President Donald Trump dedicated a golf trophy to the hurricane victims of Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida. While people were still trying to figure out how it would help victims in any way, the president paid a visit to Puerto Rico. But again led to another controversy and people on social media have been slamming him.
During his short trip that lasted only a few hours, he made a stop at Calvary Chapel in San Juan interacting and distributing supplies to those affected by the storm, where he was filmed throwing paper towels into the crowd. Two weeks after Hurricane Maria created a havoc in the Caribbean island, which is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, Trump visited Puerto Rico for the first time.
Though the catastrophe is being deemed as the worst hurricane in 90 years, many of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents are still struggling without basic necessities, Trump joked about the extent of the damage and compared it to Hurricane Katrina. “The most memorable points of his trip came — as the posts below note – when the president joked Puerto Rico was burdening the federal budget, said officials should be “proud” Puerto Rico didn’t end in as many lives lost as other storms like Hurricane Katrina, and threw paper towels to storm victims at a church, ” CBS News reported.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 3, 2017
Soon, Tweeple started slamming the POTUS for throwing paper towels. Wile many were in disbelief, others trolled him brutally. and later it became the butt of all jokes and turned into a viral meme. Sample these.
Republicans: Kneeling for the National Anthem is offensive.
Trump: What if I throw paper towels at hurricane survivors? pic.twitter.com/p8aofglDIc
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) October 3, 2017
He … He threw rolls of paper towels? At … hurricane victims?
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) October 3, 2017
Dear God. Trump throwing paper towel to hurricane survivors like he’s at an NBA tshirt giveaway https://t.co/MTKSuDcBhl
— Josh Riddick (@JRidd_317) October 3, 2017
Trump is throwing paper towels into a crowd in Puerto Rico. This is gross. We deserve an actual leader. https://t.co/vTwW8vJGGE
— deray mckesson (@deray) October 3, 2017
The video of Trump throwing out paper towels in Puerto Rico is even worse than I imagined pic.twitter.com/gBK9MQ0YmE
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) October 3, 2017
Trump in Puerto Rico
—Diminished storm’s impact
—Taunted island’s bankruptcy
—Ignored San Juan mayor
—Basketball shot paper towels to crowd
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) October 3, 2017
The image of Trump throwing rolls of paper towel into the crowd, along with his cracks about the budget & death toll… HOW is he not out yet?
— Leith Marshall (@LeithMarshall) October 4, 2017
THIS ISN’T A GIVEAWAY YOU’RE NOT OPRAH THESE ARE ESSENTIAL ITEMS THESE PEOPLE NEED TO SURVIVE https://t.co/dTSReZykwe
— marcos j. pumpkins🎃 (@unclesahm) October 3, 2017
This is horrendous. This isn’t how you distribute ANYTHING to victims of a natural disaster. https://t.co/aBmgEm2kUE
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 3, 2017
The way Trump was tossing paper towel rolls in #PuertoRico was demeaning, insulting and inappropriate.
— ❄️Ziggy Daddy™ (@Ziggy_Daddy) October 4, 2017
— Joey Smith (@josiemae51) October 4, 2017
Seriously, Trump shooting paper towel rolls in PR like he’s at Dave and Busters really has me crying. pic.twitter.com/CtgGyRQV7g
— Joseph Milord (@JoeMilord) October 3, 2017
Trump: great crowd today, fantastic. now raise those hands if you want paper towels!
Staffer: uh we should probably hand them out sir
— Caleb Ecarma (@calebecarma) October 3, 2017
Not sure what all the whining is about. Trump caught all these rolls of paper towel and didn’t drop one. Nicely stacked. Very athletic. pic.twitter.com/WgLuW9RM1E
— Zac Goodman (@zac_goodman) October 3, 2017
From @Carrasquillo: “In his best Stephen Curry impersonation, Trump … softly shot paper towels into the crowd, which they enjoyed”
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) October 3, 2017
Found this vid of Trump when he took his paper towel basketball style distribution to the next level pic.twitter.com/ACAqYvSFpE
— Denlesks (@Denlesks) October 3, 2017
— JSEL. PNW253 (@253pnw) October 4, 2017
Me throwing back those paper towels pic.twitter.com/pFzug44r0k
— jay (@jayfromtex) October 3, 2017
— @DoTardTrump (@DoTardTrumpSr) October 4, 2017