Democrats are working around the clock to make Hurricane Maria President Trump’s Hurricane Katrina.
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has weighed in on the side of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz over the former’s twitter spat with President Trump. “Don’t let anyone make you feel alone. We are with you and Puerto Rico,” Clinton tweeted in response to a post by the San Juan mayor.
San Juan Mayor Cruz praised the federal response to Hurricane Maria on Tuesday, September 26, thanking Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials and first responders for their rapid response to the emergency. The mayor was proudly wearing a pin that a FEMA official offered her when they first arrived on the island. “I will wear it forever,” the mayor beamed, as captured by ABC News.
The mayor praised the federal response but called on President Trump to “cut through the red tape” allowing FEMA responders to help the island even more.
However, by the end of the week, Mayor Cruz’s position shifted considerably. During a press conference on Friday, September 29, Mayor Cruz accused President Trump of attempting to commit genocide against the people of Puerto Rico.
“We are dying here,” charged Cruz at the press conference. “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,”she said, referring to the president. “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.” Adding that, if the logistical problem is not solved, “What we are going to see is something close to a genocide.”
President Trump responded to Mayor Cruz’s accusations the following morning, stating, “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,” he said on Twitter.
He added, “Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”
Hillary tweeted, “Don’t let anyone make you feel alone. We are with you and Puerto Rico.” Did she forget she didn’t win?
Critics hounded President Trump immediately after he released the statement, accusing him of inappropriately attacking the Mayor of San Juan by questioning her leadership.
“Such poor leadership ability by the President of the United States to belittle those in the midst of terrible tragedy and suffering,” tweeted Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), apparently unaware of the hypocrisy. According to Schiff, President Trump was wrong to belittle San Juan politicians as they grapple with a crisis, yet, it is acceptable to accuse President Trump of the same “poor leadership” as he grapples with a crisis.
Essentially, President Trump is in a lose-lose situation. Either, he sits back and lets the Mayor of San Juan accuse him of genocide, or he defends himself, and gets accused of attacking the San Juan mayor.