Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz isn’t particularly proud of President Trump’s lackadaisical relief efforts in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico. In an interview with Univision, the mayor explained why she does not parse words with Trump and her dissatisfaction with his recent visit to the island. The mayor had the opportunity to shake hands with President Trump, saying that “it’s all about saving lives, it’s not about politics.” In her interview, she expanded upon her moment with Trump, saying that her motives aren’t galvanized by “calculative political” agendas and that her only motivation was the “human motive.”
During her interview with Univision’s Jose Ramos, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was seen wearing a “Nasty” black T-shirt. When Ramos asked about the shirt, she explained that the president called her a “nasty mayor.” She seemingly decided to take that word, remove its negative connotation, and use it as a term of empowerment. She further remarked that “what really is nasty is showing your back to the Puerto Rican people.”
Being called a “nasty woman” was used as a term of empowerment for women during the 2016 general election. It became popularized when then-nominee Trump branded presidential opponent Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman.”
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Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz also took the opportunity in an interview with MSNBC to flesh out her several points of apprehension with the president. During a trip to Puerto Rico, President Trump threw paper towels and other supplies at waiting crowds. The mayor noted that President Trump insulted the Island’s people, with her saying that “it does not embody the spirit of the American nation.”
She also expanded on the president’s comments when it comes to the death toll. At one point President Trump boasted over the fact that the death toll on the island did not grow as it did when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. Trump noted that there were only 17 deaths caused by hurricane Maria. As of now the death toll rose to 34, and it is most likely to rise higher still.
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