During a television interview on Wednesday, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz wore a T-shirt on which was written the word “NASTY” after Trump repeatedly used the term to describe her. “What is truly nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people,” Cruz said during the interview with Univision, which was conducted in Spanish.
As The Hill notes, Trump’s use of the word “nasty” recalls the 2016 campaign, when he called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during a presidential debate. Clinton supporters embraced the term, with many people marching in the “women’s march” the day after the inauguration identifying themselves as “nasty.”
Yes, you'd better believe San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz’s "nasty" shirt was aimed at Trump https://t.co/xiB35RjU21
— huffpostqueer (@huffpostqueer) October 5, 2017
— USAF #VeteransResist (@Goss30Goss) October 5, 2017
How she managed to not punch Trump in the face, I'll never know
— Karen Woulfe (@damelibellule) October 5, 2017
"What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people," Carmen Yulín Cruz said.
— bonbon2 (@bonnie9757) October 5, 2017
BOOM! Mayor Cruz is 🔥. She’s balls to the wall courageous, compassionate and yes, nasty. Keep persisting- we LOVE you! #MayorCarmenYulinCruz
— Dr. Dood (@DrDood45) October 5, 2017
Cruz wore a shirt that read “Help Us, We Are Dying” during a CNN appearance last Friday.
On Tuesday night, Cruz denounced Trump after the president visited the island, calling him the “miscommunicator-in-chief” and “insulting.”
“He was insulting to the people of Puerto Rico,” she said, a few hours after meeting Trump at a face-to-face briefing, according to Politico. Trump also briefly toured a very few damaged areas, and pretended to distribute supplies, flicking paper towels into a crowd with the motion of a jump shot in basketball. All of it, Cruz said, was disingenuous:
This was a PR, 17-minute meeting. There was no exchange with anybody, with none of the mayors. And in fact, this terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it really—it does not embody the spirit of the American nation, you know?
Particularly egregious, according to the mayor, was Trump’s remark during the briefing with Puerto Rican officials that they should “be very proud” because the death toll on the island has not spiked as it did in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, which the president said was “a real catastrophe”:
He kind of minimized our suffering here by saying that Katrina was a real disaster, sort of implying that this was not a real disaster because not many people have died here. Well, you know what? They’re dying. They don’t have the medical resources.
I said this morning that he really has a communication issue. You know, he’s gotten sort of like miscommunicator-in-chief. And really, you don’t go to another place when people are in peril and are suffering and you just kind of hover around in a helicopter without having some kind words to say. It’s just common courtesy.
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