Donald Trump is at work changing the story on Puerto Rico.
It is not a matter of federal government inattention and lack of concern. It is the ideal Trump frame: Hard working traditional Americans being set upon by Incompetent and undeserving outsiders.
We can see the Trump formula at work in three tweets. People who underestimate Trump will be his victims.
Step One: Attack the critic's moral legitimacy. In this case by saying she is dishonest (having been complimentary prior) and that her motives are corrupt (instructed by Democrats rather than the facts).
Step Two: Attack the critic's competence (poor leadership ability) then generalize to the general Hispanic population (other leaders, and unmotivated workers)
Step Three: Place the situation into the frame of lazy or incompetent Hispanics being a financial burden on majority Americans (10,000 Federal workers doing a fantastic job.)
This is Trump at his archetypal best in issue framing, turning the Puerto Rico hurricane response into a frame of hard working Americans with the burden of shiftless, incompetent, unmotivated non-English speaking people.
This blog has focused the past week on issues of inside vs. outside. Trump has effectively framed Puerto Rico's citizens as outside and undeserving. It is a corollary of his framing of the NFL players as being outside and unpatriotic. The populism of cultural conservatives, a group that is a substantial majority of the Republican electorate, responds favorably to the notion of closing ranks and defining America and Americans as the traditional majority of white Christians, a group that is being disrespected and outnumbered.
Trump has turned the Puerto Rico story from one of federal government malpractice into one of whites burdened by incompetent and ungrateful Hispanic benefit seekers. That image fits a Trump narrative nicely.