Joe Kennedy: Trump's math counts black and brown lives less than white lives
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Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyOvernight Defense: Transgender troops rally as ban nears | Trump may call more troops to border | National Guard expects 3M training shortfall from border deployment | Pentagon to find housing for 5,000 migrant children Transgender troops rally as Pentagon prepares to implement ban The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump rallies for second term on 'promises kept' MORE (D-Mass.) on Thursday suggested racism was involved in President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama 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.