While Puerto Rico was dealing with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which robbed people of their homes and, in many cases, left them without food or access to clean drinking water, the President of the United States did what he does best. He went on a Twitter rant, accusing the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz of being “nasty”, in response to the mayor’s pleas for help during a press conference on September 30:“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 wrote. “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.”
This is not the first time Trump has referred to a female politician as “nasty” (not that we all need reminding) but, in the same way that Hillary supporters took to wearing “nasty woman” T-shirts during the election campaign, Yulín Cruz also decided that, rather than indulging in a war of words on social media, she too would use a slogan T-shirt to express herself. During an interview on Spanish network Univision, the mayor gave an interview wearing a black top, emblazoned with “Nasty”, while she said, without naming the President, that “This is about saving lives, not politics.”
She went on to say: “When someone is annoyed by those claiming lack of drinking water, lack of medicine for the sick and lack of food for the hungry, that person has problems too severe to be explained in an interview,” which is possibly the most articulate, succinct way to sum up Trump’s response to the humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico.
To conclude, Yulín Cruz told the Spanish news presenter that “what’s really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people”.