Joe Kennedy: Trump's math counts black and brown lives less than white lives
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Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyThe Hill's 12:30 Report: What we learned from first impeachment transcripts Democrats unifying against Joe Kennedy Senate bid Ocasio-Cortez points to California fires: 'This is what climate change looks like' MORE (D-Mass.) on Thursday suggested racism was involved in President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 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.