After insisting that her baseless public criticism of the Trump administration was “not about politics,” the hyper-partisan liberal mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, decided the best way to show how she felt about the president after he visited the devastated island was to sport a t-shirt that read “NASTY” in big bold letters for all the world to see.
The ugly feud between Cruz and Trump began when the liberal mayor suggested in an interview Saturday that the president was failing to take action to save Puerto Ricans’ lives, treating them as “animals that can be disposed of.”
“We are dying here,” said Cruz. “I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles. So, mayday, we are in trouble. So, Mr Trump, I am begging you to take charge and save lives. After all, that is one of the founding principles of the United States of … America. If not, the world will see how we are treated not as second-class citizens but as animals that can be disposed of. Enough is enough.”
Trump responded by noting all the actions the U.S. was taking and specifically slammed her for following the Democrats’ script by being “nasty to Trump.”
As the Washington Free Beacon‘s Conor Beck highlights, though Cruz told Trump when he visited the island, “Sir, it’s all about saving lives. It’s not about politics,” she sure jumped on the politicizing the second he left.
Below is Cruz in an interview with pro-illegal immigration activist and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos proudly sporting her “NASTY” t-shirt and, in case viewers somehow missed it, highlighting the “nasty” theme in her comments.
“When someone is bothered by someone claiming lack water for drinking, 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,” she said (translation via Beck). “What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people.”
And that’s not the only time she’s worn the shirt. She was also wearing it in an MSNBC interview, but had it partly obscured with a jacket:
As the Daily Wire reported Sunday, while Cruz was blasting Trump for supposedly not responding to the crisis, she wasn’t bothering to even meet with federal officials at the joint hurricane relief field office firsthand.
During his visit, Trump made sure to praise the governor for “not play[ing] politics.”