The Democrat mayor of San Juan (Puerto Rico’s capital) is turning up the heat on President Donald Trump, whom she is now calling “hater in chief” — despite not doing much herself about the crisis in her city aside from complaining. The renewed hate comes after Trump tweeted about the Puerto Rican crisis.
Now, according to a report in the Daily Caller, she’s accusing the President of “genocide.”
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz accused President Donald Trump Thursday of condemning the Puerto Rican people to “a slow death” for what she characterizes as an act of “genocide.”
“Mr. President, you seem to want to disregard the moral imperative that your administration has been unable to fulfill,” Cruz said in a statement. “While you are amusing yourself throwing paper towels at us, your compatriots and the world are sending love and help our way. Condemn us to a slow death of non drinkable water, lack of food, lack of medicine while you keep others eager to help from reaching us.”
“I ask the United Nations, UNICEF, and the world to stand with the people of Puerto Rico and stop the genocide that will result from a lack of appropriate action from the president,” Cruz said. “Mr. President, fulfill your moral imperative towards the people of Puerto Rico.”
Cruz’s comments were likely in response to early morning tweets Thursday from the president, where he said Congress needs to act quickly to provide relief because “FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) can’t stay in P.R. forever!”
Cruz first came to the nation’s attention when she publicly sent out a harrowing plea for help. “We’re dying here. And I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles,” she said, while literally standing in front of piles of aid.
Not long after, while doing a media tour, she began wearing a shirt bearing the words “Nasty,” further making her anti-Trump stance public.
Contradicting her, the mayor of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, rebutted the claims that Trump had forgotten Puerto Rico. He noted that his experience with the federal government has been different from Cruz’s, in part because — unlike Cruz — he has been participating in meetings with officials from FEMA and other relief agencies.
Meanwhile, on Sunday the head of FEMA said he was tuning out the “political noise” from Ms. Cruz. “We don’t have time for the political noise,” he said to reporters — and neither do the people of Puerto Rico.
And despite all the bluster, Cruz admitted to CNN’s Don Lemon last night that “accountability has improved and things are starting to improve. I can now see the light … imagine the light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t see it yet, but I can imagine it.”
Coming from her, that means the recovery effort’s going about as well as it probably could be.