With her screen-printed shirts and international appeals for aid, Mayor Cruz has been better remembered for drama than leadership.
And since the hurricane, her drama has been leveled at the Trump Administration.
(It’s easier than taking responsibility or creating solutions.)
Puerto Rico is in bad shape, to be sure… but to blame everything on Trump is ridiculous. Not that something being ‘ridiculous’ was ever a reason for leftists NOT to get political.
So, right on cue, she got political.
First, like we said, were the shirts and hats. “We’re dying” and “S.O.S.” She said “what we are going to see is something close to a genocide”. Except that it wasn’t. And wasn’t even close. That claim didn’t stand up to scrutiny when Geraldo questioned her and spoke to the local doctors.
At another point, she stood in front of pallets of food and water telling the world that the Federal Government wasn’t bringing the help they need. (Other mayors said they were.)
While she complained about FEMA, other mayors said she was blowing off the meetings.
Continuing to politicize the situation, she started wearing a ‘Nasty’ shirt. (The old Pro-Hillary theme.) And she made an international appeal for help.
I ask the United Nations, UNICEF, and the world to stand with the people of Puerto Rico and stop the genocide that will result from a lack of appropriate action from the president,” Cruz said. “Mr. President, fulfill your moral imperative towards the people of Puerto Rico.
She’s careful NOT to accept the possibility of any OTHER explanations for why help is slow to reach their destinations.
There’s no mention of THIS story for example:
“FBI agents in Puerto Rico have been receiving calls from “across the island” with residents complaining local officials are “withholding” or “mishandling” critical FEMA supplies — with one island official even accused of stuffing his own car full of goods meant for the suffering populace.” — Jake Gibson
The detail people are leaving out is that long before the Hurricanes swept through, Puerto Rico was already teetering on bankruptcy. And filed for protection just last May, with debt that makes Detroit’s look like Chump Change.
The process that Puerto Rico has undertaken is a prelude to bankruptcy, but in this case it is tailored for governments. Given the size of the debt, it would be the largest such insolvency in U.S. history, far outstripping Detroit’s $18 billion restructuring in 2013.
“Puerto Rico’s problems have been decades in the making,” said Michael Williams, the attorney who represented Puerto Rico in its financial crisis litigation until recently. “One can only hope that this filing puts Puerto Rico on the path to a fresh start.” —Thomas Heath and Tory Newmyer
She’s calling him a ‘hater in chief’, even though they basically had to rebuild power and communications grids from scratch, and deal with obstructed roads as well.
And she said to Don Lemon:
“Ever since last week when a new chain of communication was given to us by Homeland Security, accountability has improved and things are starting to improve. I can now see the light. Imagine the light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t see it yet, but I can imagine it.”
So which is it, Mayor Cruz?
Is he a hater who is committing the entire island to ‘genocide’? Or are people getting the help they need, despite the many obstacles?
Awwwww… what’s the matter? Can’t have it both ways?
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