Puerto Rico Mayor Gets Trumped: Popularity PLUMMETS
Carmen Yulin Cruz used Hurricane Maria to bash the President. Six months later, her constituents are fed up.
Cruz always wanted to stand in the spotlight. Therefore, when Hurricane Maria knocked on her door, Cruz welcomed the storm with open arms. She threw on a ball cap, waded into flood waters, and called for the cameras to roll.
Cruz’s desperate pleas for help created an international star for Leftists. However, Leftism is so last decade, so not everyone bought into her drama.
Cruz turned to Geraldo Rivera, saying hundreds of people were dying in the streets without assistance. The reality? Only 58 patients were found in local hospitals. Of those, only one was in critical care.
While Trump worked to manage the logistics of sending massive aid, Cruz pretended Trump was the enemy. However, a hidden agenda was always at play. Now we know Cruz wasted over $20,000 dollars funding a violent anti-Trump protest against a Federal Fiscal Board.
Puerto Rico has serious financial issues, and are dangerously close to insolvency. Cruz paid protesters in an attempt to stop the forming of a Federal Fiscal Control Board to monitor and regulate government spending in Puerto Rico. A crackdown on funding means there is less to skim off the top.
Cruz fabricated this lie in an attempt to prove that Puerto Ricans object to fiscally responsible leaders like President Trump?
Now six months down the road, and Cruz has nothing to show for it. Her Leftists sycophants from months ago have move down the road.
She wasted thousands of dollars on photographers to follow her around capturing the perfect photos. She did this to appear like a powerful leader. Meanwhile, her constituents still struggle to find food, water, and power.
Puerto Ricans recognize the ruse of their fake leader, thus the revolt. Cruz used a hurricane for her endless parade of self-promotion.
As Fox News reports:
“If we don’t get food and water into people’s hands, what we are going to see is something close to a genocide,” Cruz told an international audience after Hurricane Maria roared onto the island in September knocking out power and leveling entire neighborhoods in its path.
Her subsequent feud with Trump over recovery efforts turned her into a liberal star. She’s been on numerous national television shows — including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert — and scored a high-profile invite to the State of the Union as the guest of New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
After the speech, Cruz characterized the president’s pledges of support to Puerto Rico as “hypocrisy.”
But while Cruz’s pitch-perfect soundbites make for good TV, there’s a growing frustration among her constituents who feel forgotten and say Cruz’s personal political ambitions are coming at the expense of the very people she’s supposed to be representing.
Not About Us
Clearly, Cruz’s protests aren’t designed to help Puerto Rico. Instead, Cruz withheld food and supplies as part of a publicity stunt.
Perhaps she thought she’d drum up $70 billion more. That’s how Obama tackled Puerto Rico. He simply threw money down a black hole.
Fox News continues:
A bartender at a popular hotel in Old San Juan says she feels like a political pawn.
“We get passed around from politician to politician. They use us and think we aren’t smart enough to know,” the woman, who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation, told Fox News. “It’s insulting.”
Former Puerto Rico Attorney General Jose Fuentes went so far as to call Cruz a “political hack” during a CNN interview and suggested she is using hurricane relief efforts to lay the groundwork for future political bids.
Edwin Melendez, director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York, calls Cruz an opportunist.
“The impact of Hurricane Maria has created a situation of flux in Puerto Rican politics,” he told Fox News. “Local and federal responses were not up to par in Puerto Rico and that opened up an opportunity for Cruz. She got the spotlight. She took it.”
Clearly, Cruz’s constituents feel like “it’s not about us.” They now believe Cruz only cares about the photo op.
The mayor’s publicity-driven photo ops are so over-the-top that they’ve turned into a punch line.
“She’s not going to go into black water up to here just because,” Puerto Rican comedian Roy Sánchez Vahamonde said. “She’ll say: no, no, no, let’s get the cameras.”
Obviously, Cruz is a joke.
She’s used her little feud with Trump to keep her name in the headlines. However, the headlines are no longer in Cruz’s favor.
And though the media won’t admit it, the same fate awaits Democrats on the mainland.