'Anti-Trump' Puerto Rico Mayor Gets Crushed in Bid for Governorship
Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico suffers embarrassing defeat
The Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, who has frequently attacked President Donald Trump over his response to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017, suffered an embarrassing defeat in her bid as the gubernatorial candidate of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP).
Cruz Soto responded to her defeat:
“Obviously the PDP and its constituents decided another way," she told local news outlet Noticel.
“I just sent Mayor Charlie Delgado a text congratulating him on his victory today.”
Delgado was leading with 63% of the vote, with around 60% of precincts reporting for the pro-territorial-status PDP, according to the Miami Herald.
Both San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and Puerto Rico Sen. Eduardo Bhatia received 13% and 123% of the vote, respectively.
Gov. Wanda Vázquez of the New Progressive Party (NPP) conceded to primary opponent Pedro Pierluisi.
Yulin Cruz accused Trump of having “killed Puerto Ricans with neglect" after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in 2017.
“The Trump administration killed Puerto Ricans with neglect,” she said.
“The Trump administration led us to believe that they were helping when they weren’t really up to par.
"Shame on President Trump. Shame on President Trump for not even once, not even yesterday, saying, ‘Look, I grieve for the people of Puerto Rico. Shame on him.”
But in 2018, there was a backlash within Puerto Rico against Yulin Cruz attempts to “politicize” the hurricane:
Puerto Rico Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin called out Yulin Cruz as being one of the politicians who has “politicized” the natural disaster.
The local Puerto Rican news outlet noted Yulin Cruz’s absence from Puerto Rico as she attacked trump.
“So far this year, the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, has been out of Puerto Rico for 52 days, tending to activities with different organizations and delegating the functions of her job that she was recently reelected to, to former vice-mayor of the capital, Rafael Jaume,” NotiCel reported.
“Subsequently, there have been 11 executive orders issued by Cruz Soto to designate Jaume as interim mayor while she is outside Puerto Rico.”
Yulin Cruz slammed Trump again in 2019, accusing him of being “racist.”
“It seems like some people have learned the lessons of the past or are willing to say that they didn’t do right by us the first time, and they’re trying to do their best,” she said.
“That is not the case with the president of the United States. We are not going to be concerned by, frankly, his behavior, his lack of understanding, and it is ludicrous."
"Three thousand 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 who can do the job get the job done.”
Trump tweeted back:
“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!”
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
In 2018, Neon Nettle reported the FBI agents raided the offices of Carmen Yulín Cruz, looking for evidence of corruption within the city's government.
A series of raids on government offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was carried out by federal investigators, including offices under the direct control of Mayor Cruz.