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CNN’s Camerota Smacks Trump’s Puerto Rico Claims: They Didn’t ‘Die of Old Age, They Died of Neglect’

On Thursday, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota joined the chorus of critics pushing back on Donald Trump‘s claim that the Hurricane Maria body count in Puerto Rico was manufactured by Democrats.

Camerota spoke to reporter Abby Phillips as she covered Trump’s newest tweets where he not only rejected the reports saying almost 3,000 Puerto Ricans died because of the storm, he also accused Democrats of coming up with that estimate “to make me look as bad as possible.” Since Trump accused Democrats of inflating the death toll by including Puerto Ricans who died of causes unrelated to Maria, Camerota took that presumption and raked it across the coals.

“We need to deal with the facts, which is these 2,975 people did not die of old age. That is not true. They did not die of old age, they died of neglect. They would be alive today if they had had electricity, if they had been able to get medicine, if they had been able to get water. Those are the people that are counted. By the way, if the federal government cares that much, they shouldn’t have left it to all the journalists and universities to just have to go there and look into this, which is what ended up happening because the federal government didn’t do an exact count.”

Since the estimated death toll puts Hurricane Maria’s casualty rate on par with 9/11, Camerota continued by commenting on how Trump looks at the two tragedies through “a very different lens.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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