San Juan Mayor Wears ‘Nasty’ T-Shirt In TV Interview

Robert Donachie | Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz wore a “Nasty” T-shirt on national television Wednesday afternoon, making her claim that the nation’s insistence on disaster relief efforts are “not about politics” all the more difficult to believe.

“What is ‘nasty’ is that you turn your back on the Puerto Rican people,” Cruz said Wednesday on Univision’s “Al Punto With Jorge Ramos.”


Cruz wore a black T-shirt during her television appearance that featured only one word: NASTY. The mayor was likely responding to a tweet last week from President Donald Trump that said, “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.”

Two major hurricanes — Irma and Maria — hit Puerto Rico in September, leaving over 90 percent of the island’s citizens without power and half without running water.

The president started the rift with Cruz when he told Puerto Rican officials Tuesday that, due to the amount of money the U.S. has spent on relief efforts, the nation has “thrown our budget a little out of whack.”

After his comments, Cruz called Trump the “miscommunicator in chief” and claimed that he lacked “sensibility” for referencing Puerto Rico’s incredibly large sum of debt.

“It doesn’t make you feel good,” Cruz said. “I think his staff understands now, and they have all the data they need, but I would hope that the president of the United States stop spouting out comments that hurt the people of Puerto Rico.”

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