San Juan’s mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, has made no secret of her disappointment with President Trump and the federal response to Hurricane Maria. She took it a step further Wednesday, wearing a “NASTY” shirt in an interview with Univision.
“Nasty” and “nasty woman” have become a rallying cry of sorts for members of the so-called “resistance,” mostly liberals and centrists who oppose Donald Trump and his administration.
The term comes from the final 2016 presidential debate, where Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton. “Such a nasty woman,” he lamented.
With half of Puerto Rico still without potable water and 95% of households lacking electricity, frustration is mounting with what is said to be an unacceptably slow and inefficient government response.
On Wednesday, Cruz sharpened her attacks on Trump.
Cruz said in the interview,
“When someone is bothered by someone claiming lack of drinking water, lack of medicine for the sick and lack of food for the hungry, that person has problems too deep to be explained in an interview.”
Trump has been unsparing in his attacks on the mayor, whose initial calm appraisal of the storm’s aftermath turned into increasingly desperate cries for help. Trump took these personally, as he does most things.
The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
Trump’s visit to the island Tuesday was a veritable orgy of embarrassment and faux pas. He dismissed the still-low confirmed death count, claiming Maria wasn’t a “real catastrophe” like Hurricane Katrina. Afterwards, he hurled rolls of paper towels into the crowd of onlookers.
He considered throwing cans of chicken until the crowd dissuaded him.
Despite her high-profile feud, Cruz is not lowering her voice or abandoning the struggle for action.
Cruz said in the Univision interview,
“What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people.”