“Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria is a better leader than Donald Trump” links

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  1. Llvanslyke says:

    Amazing!!!! I am so glad to see this. Thank you for sharing the Lt. General’s speech!

    • Mermaid says:

      Everyone in America should hear this speech!!! Especially all the people in my FB feed who are incensed at NFL players. Also I love that Rihanna is calling him out for his complete failure to help out the people of Puerto Rico. A complete disgrace and lack of humanity.

    • Mermaid says:

      Rihanna tweeted at him “Don’t let your people die.”

    • adastraperaspera says:

      Have to say I’ve been somewhat surprised at how Trump & Putin’s plan to divide us all seems to be backfiring.

    • Juliette says:

      This was so wonderful. I teared up throughout the speech. It makes me so sad and angry that this even needs to be said in this day and age.

      That people are still discriminated against and defined by their gender, the colour of their skin, their ethnicity or how they define themselves. It breaks my heart that there are people that are made to feel less than or that they are made to believe they won’t achieve all they all they want just because of who they are.

      This needs to be spread far and wide, displayed on billboards, message boards – everywhere. Thank you General Silveria.

      • Veronica says:

        I like that he didn’t mince his words, either. If you can’t behave like a responsible, dignified, tolerant adult, just get out. Good message.

      • Agent Fang says:

        ‘It makes me so sad and angry that this even needs to be said in this day and age.’

        In this day and age indeed. I thought this conversation was done and dusted in the early 90s. Sure there was still a long way to go to stamp out systemic racism but I thought the days of overt and blatant racism being socially acceptable were over. But I guess it depends on your social circle.

    • happyoften says:

      Sad that it came to this, but this unequivocal denouncement of racism and voicing of what America actually stands for was sorely needed.

      Thank you, Lt. General Silveria. Thank you.

    • downTime says:


    • mia girl says:

      This is the message the U.S. needs right now. I’ve watched it three times already.

      Thank you Lt. General Silveria. Thank you.

    • nona says:

      Oh my god, that was beautiful. I cried. And it matters, it matters so much, for someone in his position to state it so clearly and unequivocally.
      I can’t tell you how much I needed to hear this. I needed to know that there are still sane people in power.

  2. pinetree13 says:

    I have no idea who this man is and yet I, some how, feel fully confident making a snap agreement that yes, he would be a better president.

    • LT says:

      He’s the superintendent of the US Air Force Academy. The messages were written on the walls of the Prep School, which is sort of like a junior college on campus for students who didn’t qualify for the Academy (at least, that’s my recollection from growing up).

      The USAFA has had some extreme crises of leadership in the past regarding sexual assualt in particular. It appears (to me, at least) that they are taking strides to make necessary changes in how they operate. Kudos to them.

  3. why? says:

    If The Dotard was a true leader, he would have said this a long time ago.

    The Dotard and his administration are spending more time creating the narrative that they are doing a great job responding to Puerto Rico, than they are helping them. What makes it worse are the governor of PR and mayor of SJ. This is about Puerto Rico, but those 2 keep turning it into a praisefest to the Dotard, Tom B, and FEMA. The FEMA guy tried to tell Stephanie R that people weren’t paying for ice even though there was footage of the people handing money to a man before getting the ice. The mayor of SJ said that we shouldn’t be focused on anything else but Puerto Rico, but how many times does she praise the Dotard and his administration every time she does an interview?

    • downTime says:

      I understand this “kowtowing” of PR officials. PR is hostage to the US. It’s kind of creepy stockholm-syndromy, but this is the reality of corporate dominance.

    • Trashaddict says:

      It’s a time of crisis! Who gives a &hI# whether they pay for the ice. They have NOTHING left!

  4. why? says:

    “Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: “The Administration and the President, every time we’ve spoken, they’ve delivered……”-The Dotard

    This is the problem. The Governor of PR is more concerned with giving The Dotard an ego boost than what is actually going on in PR. What the Governor is saying doesn’t match up with the first hand response of people who are actually there. The Dotard isn’t delivering. The press talked to one official who was an avid supporter of The Dotard and even he said that The Dotard’s response to Puerto Rico was lacking.

    “FEMA & First Responders are doing a GREAT job in Puerto Rico. Massive food & water delivered. Docks & electric grid dead. Locals trying….”-The Dotard

    Massive food and water are not being delivered. Why are people paying for ice? The Dotard has no clue what is going on Puerto Rico because he was too concerned about bullying NFL lawyers into making the players stand. It doesn’t help when the governor of PR, mayor of SJ, FEMA guy, and some WH reporters(Kristen W) keep trying to spin this to make The Dotard look good.

    • Veronica says:

      They’re literally dependent on America’s services right now. The entire island is devastated to the point of helplessness. It’s less a matter of wanting to kiss Trump’s ass so much as recognizing that they’re dealing with a volatile man child who holds the reins to their people’s health and survival. Upsetting him will just make him retaliate. I can’t imagine how helpless and disgusted they must feel being in that position – one that they shouldn’t be in considering Puerto Ricans are CITIZENS of the United States.

      • Mermaid says:

        I feel so badly for the people in Puerto Rico. You guys are right they are being held hostage. The fragile ego of this very sick man is disgusting. I love that Rihanna called attention to him and I’m just wondering if the deplorables will add her music to their ever growing list of things to boycott. They can’t watch the NFL or shop at Nordstrom. They can’t watch CNN. Who knows who or what will be next all due his huge insecurity?

      • why? says:

        The mayor of SJ finally woke up and realized that she was being used by the Dotard and his administration(Elaine Duke referred to the relief effort as a “good news story” and then FEMA is asking her about her priorities for Puerto Rico). She gave a speech in which she said that she was done being polite and politically correct and then she stopped including praises for The Dotard in her interviews. She finally said that their response was inefficient. She said that things have not gotten better.

        She acknowledged that there was a disconnect between what FEMA is saying and what is actually going on in Puerto Rico.

        She also called out their stupidity, with FEMA telling victims to register by internet when their power grid is down and they don’t have power.

        She said she shouldn’t have had to get mad and rant to get results and supplies.

  5. HK9 says:

    Lt. Gen Silveria knows what is required and he did it. I don’t know him, but I respect him.

  6. booradley says:

    nevermind me, just a lil o’l James Franco apologist over here…
    oh what?? I can coyly step back out into the light?
    it’s ok to like Franco again??
    his quirks (conceded, crazy, etc) annoyed millions, but only made my panties soupier 😉

  7. Lizzie says:

    Mark Zuckerberg is a prick. facebook got played by russia. he was too arrogant to heed warnings about the penetrability of his platform and is too arrogant to admit it now. i actually cancelled my FB account b/c i don’t like what is has become and “who they are” anymore. not saying they will miss my measly contribution but i dont’ think i am alone.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      Follow the money. Zuckerberg got many millions in Russian investment cash for FB. He went over to meet Russian president Medvedev (totally corrupt friend of Putin) in 2012. It’s all about the cash and expanding his market.

  8. Skylark says:

    That headline is seriously damning Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria with faint praise. A better leader than Trump? Seriously?

    My selfish, self-absorbed, self-serving cat would be a better leader than trump.

    He deserves far better than comparison with the orange monstrosity.

    • Tanguerita says:

      SO. MUCH. THIS. My goldfish has repeatedly demonstrated more compassion and common sense than trump. (It also has a better colour).

  9. Madly says:

    Is there a post on the new Beyoncé song that dropped today?

    • Erica_V says:


    • mia girl says:

      I’m totally into it. Her Spanish sounds pretty good. I really like the video too! Great song and vital cause.

      PS Wondering if the last time Beyoncé says “Azul are you with me?” if that is Blue Ivy’s voice responding.

      • lucy2 says:

        I think so, it’s definitely a different voice, and sounds like a kid.
        I didn’t really like the song, but that’s great they did it to help. I did like the video though with all the different dancers.

  10. grabbyhands says:

    Gentleman like this, people like this, keep me from giving up on humankind entirely.

    Most days it seems like the planet has waved the white flag on its humanity and decided to be ruled by their most hateful, selfish instincts instead. Thankfully, it looks like the game ain’t over yet.

  11. jwoolman says:

    And in other news – Sarah Huckabee Sanders referred to her boss at a press conference as President Chirp. So appropriate. I’ve been calling him President Tweeter for months.

    Chirp, Chirp, Chirp, Chirp….. Who’s the pretty birdie? You are!

  12. msd says:

    Reminds me of the Australian general a few years back who, after a big public scandal, publicly told off soldiers for not respecting women in the military …

    “If that doesn’t suit you, GET OUT”


  13. Justwastingtime says:

    He is amazing… but to be clear, everyone I know is a better leader than Donnie Boy.

  14. Alexandria says:

    He’s like one of those Hollywood generals or President who would give the rousing speech before battling aliens. But best thing is he exists in reality and gave me hope for the US.

  15. HeyThere! says:

    This video is powerful!!! It should be on blast at every high school, and work place and college, in America. I wonder where these obtuse people are being raised? We are taught to hate. My dad still talks about being a little boy and seeing seperate drinking fountains, pools, schools, restaurants/bars…and how confusing it was for him as a little white boy who just wanted to be friends with everyone. He was taught even back then that the color of ones skin doesn’t matter. How, in 2017, are we still having issues?!?! When you are raised to treat everyone with dignity and respect you just wonder how we are where we are?! And why can’t this cycle stop?

    PR is absolutely breaking my heart. As a mom to a brand new infant and a toddler, I simply can’t imagine the hell of standing in line ALL DAY, in the heat, for 3 bottles of water. The news interviewed a mom, with a 2 month old baby, that was in hysterics about almost being out of formula. I sobbed. That feeling of utter helplessness. Did you know over 50% of Americans supposedly don’t realize the citizens of PR are Americans?!?! That is a whole other issues, but send these people help. Evacuate them. Get them out of there. DO SOMETHING! Why is this not happening?? I really do not understand why I have to watch the gov. figure of PR go on tv and say “send help now or we will all die”?!?! She shouldn’t have to make that heartbreaking pled for help. The mass majority of Americans are generous and bending over backward to help. I know my local area has had several donation places for Texas and PR!!!! If I had the money I would send a jet to drop donations one way, then evacuate on the trip back. UGH.

    Anyone who has the connection on baby products manufactures or owners?!?!?! PR…they need formula, clean water to mix it, diapers and wipes. Those are the baby necessities!!!! I want to see some company owner donate a million dollars worth of formula and diapers!!!!!! You will get my business!!! Come on Honest CO!!!! The ‘billion dollar business’ sent a whole airplane of diapers. I dare you!!!!

  16. Jayna says:

    I just watched it. Powerful speech. I watched it twice, even.

    Can I just say after watching it, I realized Trump would be furious over this video and the response to it. Trump has no leadership skills, has played to the ugliness of racism for his deplorables, is divisive. And here is an example showing what a true leader does, and it’s right in Trump’s face. Watching racists and bigots become so emboldened under the Trump presidency, like they’ve been given permission by Trump, is one of the worst effects of having him in office. The response has been amazing to Lt. General Silveria’s speech, which must further irritate him. Because this speech is a strong rebuke to the president if you really listen to it. Trump and the deplorables might be too thick to get that, but Trump will certainly get that Silveria’s words were that of a leader, strong, tough, blunt, inspiring. Trump’s words are just bullying and inciting division.

    I needed this. Trump’s presidency has such a demoralizing effect on me month after month. Rock on, Lt. General Jay Silveria.

    Trump, according to the words of the general, “You need to get out.”

    • Christin says:

      He’s far too busy insulting the female mayor of San Juan, a woman I’ve watched for several days. She is living in the convention center with other displaced residents and is trying to get help for those in need.

      He needs headlines changed today, because the Price story was generating other stories of waste (not to mention how his businesses profit from his own trips). And the exhausted mayor fighting for her people is the target this weekend.

  17. robyn says:

    What a powerful speech … it should be listened to everywhere and translated into all languages. This man could be the leader of the world!

  18. why? says:

    The Dotard is now attacking the mayor of SJ. This is why people have got to stop stroking The Dotard’s ego. He was happy when the major of SJ was singing his praises, but then when she stopped playing nice because the Dotard and his administration were spending more time praising themselves than helping Puerto Rico, she spoke out.

    Here is what the Dotard had to say about the mayor of SJ and the negative feedback he and his administration are getting:

    The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.-The Dotard

    This has nothing to do with the Democrats. The mayor finally spoke out because she is in Puerto Rico experiencing this first hand, of what Elaine Duke said, FEMA asking her about her priorities, the disorganization, and things are getting worse in Puerto Rico.

    “…Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They….”-The Dotard

    Now the Dotard is shifting the blame, claiming it’s their fault because they are not helping themselves. Why is he acting like Puerto Rico is it’s own separate entity? It isn’t “they” or “their”, it’s “us”. The Dotard’s response to Puerto Rico was delayed because he was too busy tweeting about the NFL and taking a knee. He is saying all of this while on his golf course, enough said. Instead of helping Puerto Rico, he spent days congratulating himself about the relief effort.

    “…want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”-The Dotard

    Once again, he is blaming Puerto Rico. Now he is claiming that it’s all Puerto Rico’s fault because they are not helping themselves? The workers aren’t doing a fantastic job because they aren’t there. One reporter even said that there were a lot of FEMA officials walking around in an air conditioned building(while the people of Puerto Rico were suffering in the hot sun) not doing anything because there wasn’t any type of organization.

    “The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed.”-The Dotard

    That’s not what people who are in PR who are actually experiencing this are saying.

    “Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to “get Trump.” Not fair to FR or effort!”-The Dotard

    This is coming from a man who spent 6 days tweeting about the NFL and take a knee instead of focusing on Puerto Rico. Where is he now? On a golf course. Instead of flying to his golf course, couldn’t he have sent his plane(while he stayed in DC) to send them supplies? What isn’t fair is that we have a Dotard for a president.

    “I will be going to Puerto Rico on Tuesday with Melania. Will hopefully be able to stop at the U.S. Virgin Islands (people working hard).”-The Dotard

    So the Dotard is going to go to PR for another photo-op to promote his hats. He needs to stay in DC. Instead of setting up the staged photo-op in PR to make himself look good, he needs to just use his plane to send them supplies.

    “The Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R’s. Shame!”-The Dotard

    Says the man who sent out Elaine Duke to spread that his response to Puerto Rico was a “good news story” because he was more concerned with making himself look good than with what was going on in PR. It’s not the fake news. They are talking to people who are actually there. The problem is that we have a Dotard for president.

    • why? says:

      The governor of PR continues to make the relief effort for Puerto Rico into a praisefest for The Dotard and his administration. He is doing a great disservice to the people. He keeps stroking the Dotard’s ego and lying for them and it’s not getting help for his people. The mayor of SJ is actually going out and helping people, but has the governor of PR actually went out to help anyone? Every time he gives an interview to praise The Dotard he is always dressed up.

      Sarah Sanders posted this because what matters most is that the Dotard is praised:

      PR’s Governor: “The president and the administration, every time we’ve asked them to execute, they’ve executed quickly” @POTUS has your back

      • jwoolman says:

        The governor is between a rock and a hard place. The mayor is right and the governor undoubtedly knows that, but the governor still has to try to convince the Orange Dotard to actually issue the orders needed to get things moving. The mayor is the stick, the governor is the carrot.

        It must be so frustrating trying to get the idiot in the White House to just do his job.

      • why? says:

        The governor’s complicity is causing The Dotard to get more and more vicious towards the mayor of SJ. How can he sit there and keep praising The Dotard after he said so many horrible things about PR and their officials? Rossello’s complicity hasn’t done anything to help PR. It’s dishonest for Rossello to keep offering support for The Dotard’s lies(he posted a video of some officials stacking water, how do we know that this water didn’t go to the FEMA people in the air conditioned building) when Rossello isn’t even out there with the people like the mayor of SJ. Every time he gives an interview, Rossello is dressed up.

    • MeloMelo says:

      This infuriates me, because the community has been helping! Ever since the last strong winds of Maria everyones been out cleaning whatever they can. If we could take care of the power grid and water ourselves we would. If we could drive the gas to the gas stations we would. We dont see anything changing.

  19. why? says:

    The NFL has caved to the Dotard’s pressure. They sent a memo to the NFL players threatening to punish them if they kneel and don’t stand during the Anthem and this is why we are seeing them link arms before the anthem. This isn’t about unity. It’s because they the owners are threatening to punish them. This is wrong. The owners should not be trying to appease The Dotard. Their loyalty should be to their players.

    • why? says:

      Correction: It was actually the NBA, not the NFL, who sent the players a memo telling them not to kneel during the anthem.

  20. why? says:

    The Dotard is still congratulating himself (he keeps posting that officials in PR are saying what a great job he is doing) and the governor of PR is making it worse because he won’t stand up to The Dotard and tell the truth.

    “The Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, is a great guy and leader who is really working hard. Thank you Ricky!”-The Dotard

    Could it because the governor of PR isn’t actually going out and helping? Giving interviews praising The Dotard for doing something that he hasn’t done isn’t working. Everything that the governor says is contradicted by those people who are in PR experiencing this. This is a disgrace. The governor is doing more harm than good.

    “Just spoke to Governor Kenneth Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands who stated that #FEMA and Military are doing a GREAT job! Thank you Governor!”-The Dotard

    This is a lie. One of the officials was on Joy today and she stated that the USVI are not doing well and that they are still suffering. Notice that the people who keep telling The Dotard that things are great are the people who aren’t actually out there with the people? It’s easy to say that things are great when they are sitting in air-conditioned buildings with power while the people of PR and USVI are suffering.

    “Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon of Puerto Rico has been wonderful to deal with and a great representative of the people. Thank you!”-The Dotard

    What he really means is that instead of focusing on the relief, the governor and congresswoman are busy stroking The Dotard’s ego. This complicity is doing more harm to Puerto Rico. The governor and congresswoman keep saying nice things about The Dotard and it’s resulting in less help for Puerto Rico.

    “To the people of Puerto Rico:
    Do not believe the #FakeNews!
    #PRStrong🇵🇷”-The Dotard

    They don’t need to hear it from the press because they are experiencing this first hand.

    “My Administration, Governor @RicardoRossello, and many others are working together to help the people of Puerto Rico in every way…”-The Dotard

    What he really means is that the governor is spending more time stroking his ego than in focusing on Puerto Rico. This is wrong. Has the governor actually went out into Puerto Rico to talk to the people? I don’t mean stand in front of people dressed up while talking to the press. The governor is causing more problems for Puerto Rico. This isn’t about The Dotard and yet the governor keeps making it about The Dotard. He should know by now that no matter how much you praise the Dotard it’s not going to get him help. The Mayor of SJ had to make that statement last night calling The Dotard out to get results.

    “……#FakeNews critics are working overtime, but we’re getting great marks from the people that truly matter!
    #PRStrong🇵🇷”-The Dotard

    This is disgusting. The Dotard and the governor are turning this into a praisefest for the Dotard. The only one working overtime is the Governor of PR as he strokes The Dotard’s ego knowing that it’s not going to get PR help. He is causing more harm to his people by playing politics with their lives. The mayor of SJ said that she got some help after she made that public statement criticizing The Dotard and FEMA.

    “We must all be united in offering assistance to everyone suffering in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the wake of this terrible disaster.”-The Dotard

    So why did he make all those tweets pitting the governor and congresswoman of PR(who probably are sitting in air conditioned buildings while claiming that everything is ok) against the mayor of SJ(who is actually walking around in helping people)? If he wanted unity, he would stop trying to turn this into a praisefest for himself.

    • why? says:

      The Dotard continues his attack on the mayor of SJ because he is more interested in being praised than helping PR:

      “Results of recovery efforts will speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor. Doing everything we can to help great people of PR!”-Dotard

      What speaks louder than asking for help is the Dotard and his administration bullying officials into saying nice things about them because the Dotard was too busy worrying about the NFL and players taking a knee to pay attention to what was happening in PR. How is the Dotard and his administration doing everything they can when the Dotard has been up since 4 am attacking the major of SJ? This would be a great time for twitter to ban the Dotard.

    • jwoolman says:

      Don’t worry. It all will come out eventually. Already people with real disaster experience both in Puerto Rico and elsewhere are telling the unvarnished truth. Experienced people have pointed out how crucial the first 2-3 days are in such a situation and how Trump’s inertia was so damaging to relief efforts. Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Trump played golf. He didn’t even have a serious meeting about Puerto Rico until six days had passed, despite earlier opportunities. We know he was more concerned about other non-issues because we have his stupid tweets. The military was ready to go and just waiting for orders from the Dotard-in-Chief.

      Remember during Katrina when Kanye West in a burst of honesty said GWBush didn’t like black people? Well, DJTrump doesn’t like Puerto Ricans. Too many brown people among them for his taste. He seems to have a higher opinion of the US Virgin Islands, maybe he doesn’t realize yet that 3/4 of them are black and they don’t have much more than 100,000 people total, in contrast to Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million. He probably visualizes just a lot of white tourists in the Virgin Islands.

      This is what happens when you elect an ignorant racist as POTUS.

  21. why? says:

    The Dotard is still using twitter to bully people:

    “Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!”-The Dotard

    Isn’t this what got the Dotard in trouble in the first place? He was more concerned with the NFL and players taking a knee that he couldn’t be bothered to help PR. The Dotard wants to talk about disrespecting the country after all the awful things he said about PR?

    “Because of #FakeNews my people are not getting the credit they deserve for doing a great job. As seen here, they are ALL doing a GREAT JOB!”-The Dotard

    His people are not getting credit because they aren’t doing anything to help PR. How it is fake news when the press is talking to people who are actually in PR and being impacted by the Dotard’s lack of relief support.

    “I will be in PR on Tues. to further ensure we continue doing everything possible to assist & support the people in their time of great need.”-The Dotard

    He will be in PR on Tuesday for a photo-op to promote his USA 45 and Flotus hates. Taking photos pretending to give out food and water, posing with the victims and their kids isn’t assisting or supporting the people. The Dotard has been tweeting about the mayor of SJ since 4 am, if he can’t offer her support in a time like this, how is he going to offer the people support by showing up in PR on Tuesday?

    “In analyzing the Alabama Primary race, Fake News always fails to mention that the candidate I endorsed went up MANY points after Election!”-The Dotard

    Another reason The Dotard couldn’t help PR, he was too busy criticizing the news for posting the truth.

  22. Jeanne says:

    Some days, it’s so important to hear about/from an actual human being.
    Thanks for sharing