Media Lied About Pres. Trump ‘Paper Towel Toss’ at Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Center: Volunteer

A volunteer who witnessed the visit by President Donald Trump to a hurricane relief center in Puerto Rico has written an article about the visit that accuses the media of lying about Trump and the moment he tossed paper towels to the assembled crowd. Video (posted below) by C-SPAN proves the volunteer right.

Screen image shows hurricane victim enjoying rare moment of fun with the paper towel toss.

Joel Enrique Salgado, Esq., in an article published Saturday at the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters site, said he was a volunteer at Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo when Trump visited the hurricane relief center on October 3.

Excerpt:

I have never received more insults in my life, all for simply participating as a volunteer in President Trump’s visit with Hurricane María victims seeking supplies at Calvary Chapel in Puerto Rico.

As a result of all the distorted portrayals and misinformation that have been spread about what the President did during his October 3 visit, I have decided to offer this firsthand account, which I trust will reach those who criticized without knowing all the facts, along with those who deliberately decided to present just one brief scene from the event in order to justify their hatred and political opposition against Donald Trump.

The media that failed to accurately report on the distribution of water, food and other supplies to 300 hurricane victims during the President’s visit are guilty of crass dishonesty and manipulation. Their purpose was obviously to inflame public opinion against the President, which in turn fomented the resulting insults from individuals who believed the false and deliberately incomplete reports.

To set the record straight: most of the President’s visit to Calvary Chapel was taken up with talking and taking pictures with the people near the tables of supplies, and then handing out those supplies. Near the end of the visit, after spending several minutes handing out supplies such as canned chicken, flashlights, rice and water, he spent about 30 seconds tossing rolls of paper towels to people further back in the crowd who were not able to move toward the front where he was handing things out.

The reality is that the President’s towel throwing took place because he saw how there were a lot of people behind those in the first few rows, who couldn’t reach him to receive anything. The President wanted to include them, since the activity was to distribute supplies. He wasn’t going to toss over to them bottles of water or canned food, which could hurt somebody, but rolls of paper towels, which wouldn’t hurt anybody.

Though it was portrayed as an act of disdain or contempt for the people, it was actually an act of frustration, due to the disorganization of the event. He wanted to reach as many as possible with the supplies, but wasn’t properly positioned to do so. From my vantage point at the event, I took photos of him in which he is clearly frustrated with the set-up of the activity.

End excerpt. Complete article at Newsbusters at this link.

Salgado also wrote that he was not in favor of Trump’s candidacy.

A six-minute long video of Trump’s visit was posted by C-SPAN and highlighted on Twitter by Rich Weinstein with the note, “Full video of Trump handing out supplies in PR then tossing paper towels. Never seen the full video before?–>”

The video tells a different story than the portrayal of the incident by the media and other opponents of Trump.

President Trump received a ‘rock star’ welcome and was besieged by people wanting selfies.

The ‘paper towel’ meme is still being used to smear Trump. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman headlined and anti-YTrump screed, “Let Them Eat Paper Towels“.

Three days ago San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, wearing her Fidel Castro cap, attacked Trump in an interview with the BBC, saying, “…who was the one who threw paper towels at us? The President.”

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) attacked Trump about the paper towels in Washington Post interview about the Myeshia Johnson condolence call published Saturday.

I definitely believe that Mr. Trump lacks empathy and compassion and in some instances common sense. How else can one explain the horrific sight of him free-throwing rolls of paper towels into a crowd of people who were desperate for the most basic staples and resources? Let’s also not forget the Virgin Islands. While his response to hurricane victims in Texas and my home state of Florida was admirable, he has left hanging those living in American territories who happen to be primarily people of color…”

Trump spoke about the paper towel toss on Mike Huckabee’s TV show on October 7, a few days after his visit to Puerto Rico. NBC reported on Trump’s remarks.

“They had these beautiful, soft towels. Very good towels,” Trump told Mike Huckabee during an interview Saturday with Christian network Trinity Broadcasting.

…“And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people. And they were screaming and they were loving everything. I was having fun, they were having fun,” he added. “They said, ‘Throw ’em to me! Throw ’em to me Mr. President!”

“And so, I’m doing some of this,” Trump added, making a throwing motion, “So, the next day they said, ‘Oh, it was so disrespectful to the people.’ It was just a made-up thing. And also when I walked in the cheering was incredible.”

And in closing, a photo and video of commies throwing paper towels at a couple of Trump Towers.

But love Trumps hate and lies and whatever.

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