The mayor of San Juan proudly sported a T-shirt emblazoned with the word “NASTY” on it for a TV appearance during which she took shots at President Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria.
Carmen Yulin Cruz, who appeared on Univision on Wednesday, said she wore the shirt to take on Trump, who attacked her on Twitter after she made an impassioned plea to get help for Puerto Rico, which was ravaged by the Category 4 storm on Sept. 20.
“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,” the president tweeted on Saturday.
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Trump notably called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during the presidential debates and the phrase was quickly reclaimed by those women who opposed him.
On Wednesday, Cruz fought back, saying, “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.”
“What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people,” she added.
Just last week, Cruz wore a T-shirt that read, “HELP US WE ARE DYING” during an appearance on CNN.
Two weeks after the storm knocked out 100 percent of the island’s power, only 8.6 percent has been restored in a process that is expected to take months, the governor said Wednesday.
Half of the 3.4million U.S. citizens on the island have access to water service, and nearly 40 percent have cell phone service, although many Puerto Ricans are still struggling to find basics like food and water.
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Trump, who visited the island on Tuesday, drew sharp criticism for saying the territory had “thrown our budget a little out of whack” and congratulating Puerto Rico for escaping a higher death toll of a “real catastrophe like Katrina”.
He was also lobbed rolls of paper towels into a crowd at a church in what was seen as a strange and insensitive approach to hurricane relief.