Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz are sympathetic to terrorist Puerto Rico separatist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
Gutierrez published the following photograph featuring himself and Rivera on his Congressional profile page:
Rivera was convicted in 1981 — he was then age 38 — to 55 years imprisonment for various convictions related to political terrorism.
Rivera was part of the The Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), a left-wing terrorist outfit pursuing independent statehood for Puerto Rico. The FALN was behind over 100 bombings across Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C. between 1974 and 1983.
In August of 1999, then-President Bill Clinton offered clemency to Rivera on the condition that Rivera renounce violence; Rivera refused.
On January 17, 2016, three days before vacating the White House, then-President Barack Obama commuted Rivera’s sentence.
As a teenager in Puerto Rico, after growing up in Chicago, Gutierrez belonged to the now-defunct Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP).
Gutierrez is alleged to have described himself as an aspiring socialist infiltrator of America’s political system: “If I want to make changes, I have to infiltrate the system.”
Gutierrez regularly pushes neo-Marxist agitation, framing America as largely racist and bigoted toward various racial and ethnic minorities. He supports immigration, both legal and illegal.
In statement on January 17, the day Rivera's sentence was commuted, Gutierrez pushed Puerto Rican nationalism and described Rivera as a "friend," "mentor," and "national hero" for Puerto Rico.
Gutierrez has lately been hyped by leftist and Democrat-aligned news media outlets as a legitimate voice on Hurricane Maria's effects on Puerto Rico by way of his familial ethnic background.
Cruz also expressed support for Rivera's release:
Leftist mainstream media outlets have hyped Cruz’s criticisms of President Donald Trump’s direction of the federal government’s relief efforts for Puerto Rico, neglecting to meaningfully inquire about her own conduct in managing the crisis in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) also expressed support for fellow neo-Marxist traveler Rivera:
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