Joe Kennedy: Trump's math counts black and brown lives less than white lives
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Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyJoe Kennedy introduces resolution rejecting Trump’s transgender military ban Warren launches White House bid with call for 'structural change' Joe Kennedy to endorse Warren during campaign announcement MORE (D-Mass.) on Thursday suggested racism was involved in President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ 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.