Joe Kennedy: Trump's math counts black and brown lives less than white lives
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Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedySenate Republicans urgently need to embrace criminal justice reform Overnight Health Care: Senators urge vote on delaying health insurance tax | Joe Kennedy III 'hopeful' he can back 'Medicare for all' bill | Latest Ebola outbreak becomes world's 2nd-worst Joe Kennedy III 'hopeful' he can support revised 'Medicare for all' bill next year MORE (D-Mass.) on Thursday suggested racism was involved in President TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists highlight Trump ties to foreign autocrats in hotel light display Jose Canseco pitches Trump for chief of staff: ‘Worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday’ Dershowitz: Mueller's report will contain 'sins' but no 'impeachable offense' MORE’s claim denying nearly 3,000 people died as a result of hurricanes hitting Puerto Rico.

“This is what your math looks like when you count black or brown lives less than white lives,” Kennedy tweeted.


Trump said the numbers of the dead were inflated by Democrats to criticize him.

“.....This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. 

Trump's comment renewed criticism of the government’s response to two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico last year. Puerto Rico's official death toll, set months after the hurricanes, found that 2,975 people died as a result.The death toll was raised in August from 64 to match that of a study of mortality rates and death certificates that was conducted by The George Washington University. The hurricanes also caused significant damage to the island.

Trump called the federal response to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico an “unsung success” in the Oval Office Tuesday.