The Mayor of San Juan continues to fight for the Puerto Rican people, and is opposing Donald Trump in the process.
Carmen Yulin Cruz wore a T-shirt with the word “Nasty” across the front in an interview with the Spanish-speaking outlet Univision Wednesday night.
The phrase is a nod to the “nasty woman” warrior cry that emerged after Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton just that during a debate in last year’s presidential campaign race.
— Al Punto Univision (@AlPunto) October 4, 2017
“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,” she said in Spanish, according to Newsweek’s translation. “What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people.”
Last week, Cruz had begged Trump for help: “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 North America,” Yulin said at a press conference. “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, however, has not responded well to Cruz’s request for help or subsequent digs. One day after her plea for the president to “take charge and save lives,” he said that the Democrats told her to be “nasty to Trump,” speaking int he third person on Twitter.
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
On Tuesday, Cruz called Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico an “insulting” PR grab.
“This was a PR, 17-minute meeting. There was no exchange with anybody, with none of the mayors,” she said. “And in fact, this terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it really — it does not embody the spirit of the American nation, you know?”