Earlier this week, at a White House event to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, President Donald Trump mentioned Puerto Rico and how the island and its people are in his thoughts as it struggles through a humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Maria. And he used an exaggerated Spanish accent several times while saying the territory’s name.
Well, as you could imagine, this raised a few eyebrows. And during an appearance on MSNBC’s AM Joy this morning, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) slammed the president for apparently trying to get a few laughs while Puerto Rico is struggling.
In a segment that also featured San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz — yes, the mayor who Trump targeted last weekend — host Joy Reid asked Espaillat what he thought about Cruz saying the federal government response was still lacking combined with “the president mocking an accent and laughing about Puerto Rico.”
“This is not a comedy show,” he exclaimed. “This is a real humanitarian crisis that going on our third week and continues to unfold.”
At the top of the segment, Reid noted that “Donald Trump may get a kick out of pronouncing Puerto Rico, but the situation on the island and the US Virgin Islands is no laughing matter.”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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