President Donald Trump has this incredible power to criticize his opponents into revealing their true natures. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is just another victim of President Trump’s “truth serum.”
Mayor Cruz is not only a member of the left-wing Popular Democratic Party, but also an outspoken supporter of convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez-Rivera. When President Barack Obama pardoned Lopez-Rivera in January, Mayor Cruz was over-the-moon with joy.
“Hello, San Juan. Freedom for Oscar Lopez Rivera.. soon he will be with us. We have to thank every Puerto Rican man and woman, who for a long time, many of us didn’t know Oscar Lopez Rivera. He was fighting the fight,” Mayor Cruz said.
Mayor Cruz also added, “This great celebration is going to be in the streets and it is going to be extraordinarily large. So do come by starting Thursday to celebrate what our hearts scream for. Thanks, President Obama. Long live Oscar Lopez Rivera.”
During the 1970s and 1980s, Lopez-Rivera was one of the leaders of the FALN, a violent terrorist group that used bombs and guns to advocate for Puerto Rico’s independence from the United States.
The group’s most infamous exploit came in 1975, when an FALN bomb detonated inside of New York’s historic Fraunces Tavern. This attack killed four people and wounded many more.
FALN terrorists also had a habit of targeting New York City police officers. On New Year’s Eve 1982, four NYPD officers were injured in several FALN bomb attacks.
For his participation in these attacks, Lopez-Rivera was sentenced to thirty-five years in jail. He was let out early thanks to President Obama’s pardon.
Lopez-Rivera has refused to apologize for his past actions, and in fact, he was almost pardoned by President Bill Clinton, but the pardon fell through because Lopez-Rivera refused to renounce revolutionary violence.
These days, both Lopez-Rivera and Mayor Cruz are left-wing heroes.
Mayor Cruz first made headlines when she publicly excoriated the Trump administration for supposedly not doing enough to help Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
“We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy.”
Turns out vocal Trump critic San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is an outspoken supporter of convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez-Rivera. Do we owe aide to terror supporters?
The mayor of San Juan further complained that: “This is what we got last night: four pallets of water, three pallets of meals and 12 pallets of infant food — which I gave them to the people of Comerio, where people are drinking off a creek. So I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell.”
According to one other Puerto Rican politician, Mayor Angel Perez of Guaynabo, Mayor Cruz has no right to complain. After all, Mayor Perez has said that Mayor Cruz has yet to attend a single meeting with FEMA officials or other relief agencies. Essentially, Mayor Perez believes that Mayor Cruz is complaining without helping; she is trying to score political points from a major natural disaster.
Hopefully, Puerto Rico will recover from this very serious disaster. Let us also hope that Puerto Ricans will chose better leaders in the future, not terrorist-loving malingerers.