Trump-Hating Mayor of San Juan Badly Defeated in Gubernatorial Primary Race
Over the weekend, San Juan Mayor and noted Trump-hater Carmen Yulín Cruz of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) was defeated in her primary bid for the Puerto Rican governorship to Carlos Delgado.
As of Sunday night, Delgado led with 60% of the vote, followed by Senator Eduardo Bhatia with 23%, and Cruz received only 13%.
Cruz became famous in 2017 by constantly criticizing President Trump and his response to Hurricane Maria. Since then, she has consistently called him a racist and blamed him for thousands of Puerto Rican deaths.
However, it was reported that hundreds of thousands of water bottles meant for the hurricane’s victims were found on an airport runway a year later. At the time, FEMA told CBS News that the water was brought inland and turned over to the “central government.”
Trump tweeted in 2019, talking about Hurricane Dorian, which was on its way to Puerto Rico at the time:
Wow! Yet another big storm heading to Puerto Rico. Will it ever end? Congress approved 92 Billion Dollars for Puerto Rico last year, an all time record of its kind for “anywhere.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2019
We are tracking closely tropical storm Dorian as it heads, as usual, to Puerto Rico. FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job. When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You – Not like last time. That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
Appearing on CNN to respond, Cruz said:
“We say to the president of the United States, will his lie ever end? Will that ever end? Will his racism and vindictive behavior towards the people of Puerto Rico ever end? As you have said, this is not how a president behaves. This is not how a human behaves in the face of adversity. I have to thank the American people because once again, they have stepped up to the plate.
“The president continues to spread lies because the truth really does not suit him. As you said, it is not $92 billion. It’s close to 42 Billion, It’s close between $12.6 and $14 billion that’s come to Puerto Rico, and still, things have not worked appropriately. Things continue to change. Different attitudes and different laws and restrictions are brought upon Puerto Rico that are different from any other jurisdiction.
“We are not going to be concerned by, frankly, his behavior, his lack of understanding, and it is ludicrous. 3,000 Puerto Ricans did not open their eyes this morning because this racist man did not have it within him to do his job. So get out of the way, President Trump, and let the people that can do the job get the job done.”
But considering the discovery massive amount of abandoned water bottles, it seems that Trump was right. Cruz was an incompetent mayor who did not deserve to be in any position of power, and over the weekend, Puerto Rican voters made that abundantly clear.