The worst proponent of this attitude is probably the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz.
Carmen Yulin Cruz, who appeared on Univision on Wednesday, said she wore the shirt to take on Trump, who attacked her on Twitter after she made an impassioned plea to get help for Puerto Rico, which was ravaged by the Category 4 storm on September 20.
On Wednesday, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, contradicted President Trump's comments about wiping out Puerto Rico's billions-dollar debt amid the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Some Democrats roasted the Trump presentation, noting that much of the island still lacks food, potable water, and electrical power. "What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people". "You're at a disaster site, you're not working the floor of your casino", Colbert said. "Mr. Trump, I beg you to take charge and save lives".
"The Punta Santiago fishing pier, about a half-mile away and which had survived so many hurricanes before it, was now - quite literally - in Mom's back yard", he wrote in an email updating his friends and family on the US mainland.
Up the road in the upscale Guaynabo neighborhood, one of the fastest to recover, around 200 people cheered Trump's visit to a local church being used to distribute supplies. Ultimately, Trump won't be judged on the hours he spent in Puerto Rico, but on the federal effort that is likely to last years. Rossello refused to comment on "the optics" of Trump's visit when asked about the President's statements earlier on Tuesday.
During last year's campaign, Trump suggested the US government could address its own debt problems by renegotiating its bonds and paying less than their face value, remarks that also raised alarms in the markets. We're talking about life or death!
He shook hands with Ms Cruz after his arrival but he saved his warm words of praise for other local and federal authorities.
The trip is Trump's fourth areas battered by storms during an unusually violent hurricane season that has also seen parts of Texas, Florida, Louisiana and the U.S. Virgin Islands inundated by floodwaters and hit by high winds.
San Juan's Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has responded to President Trump calling her "nasty" by wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the word.
The price of Puerto Rico's bonds, already down in the wake of Hurricane Maria, fell another 31 percent.
At a press conference Tuesday, Puerto Rico governor Governor Ricardo Rossello warned that millions of Puerto Ricans could leave the island and move to the us mainland as a result of Maria.
Puerto Rico's bonds, which have been falling since Hurricane Maria struck, took a sharp plunge Wednesday. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and though the situation in Puerto Rico remains dire, the president is clearly not taking it seriously. In another missive, Trump said too many people in Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them".