Ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s Latinos for Trump rally in central Florida, state Democrats have paid for a billboard showing an image of the president tossing paper towels at a Puerto Rican church after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
The Florida Democratic Party unveiled the billboard Monday in Kissimmee, Orlando, where there is a large Puerto Rican population, including many who came to central Florida after the 2017 hurricane.
Above the image of President Donald Trump tossing the paper towels into a crowd, are the words “Prohibido Olvidar,” or “Never Forget” in English. Critics at the time said the president’s tossing of the paper towels showed a lack of sensitivity to the devastation on the island.
Pence is the featured speaker at a Latinos for Trump rally being held in Kissimmee on Thursday. The vice president and his wife were attending a “Keep American Great” rally in Tampa.
The paper-towel moment, in particular, has come to symbolize what critics say is Trump’s inability to sympathize with others — and his self-absorbed leadership in a time of crisis.
Democrats unveil billboard of Trump tossing paper towels