Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico hard in 2017 and at the time, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto repeatedly went after President Donald Trump for “neglecting” the region.
She slammed the U.S. government’s response, claiming the Trump administration didn’t do enough to aid Puerto Rico in recovery and rebuilding.
But Mayor Cruz Soto didn’t get the news she wanted over the weekend.
She was trying to become the gubernatorial candidate of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), but her quest ended this week in a loss to rival Mayor Charlie Delgado.
And according to the numbers, it wasn’t really all that close, either.
Via The Daily Wire:
On Sunday, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, who repeatedly attacked President Trump over the U.S. government’s response in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017, went down to defeat in her quest to become the gubernatorial candidate of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP).
Her opponent, Charlie Delgado, easily took the victory, earning 63 percent of the vote (according to the Miami Herald).
And Cruz Soto only ended up with a paltry 13 percent of the overall vote; Sen. Eduardo Bhatia earned more at 23 percent.
Cruz Soto once accused the Trump administration of “killing Puerto Ricans with neglect,” and said “Shame on President Trump for not saying, ‘I grieve for the people of Puerto Rico.'”
Then after Tropical Storm Dorian hit in August 2019, Yulin Cruz once again went on the offensive.
She accused Trump of being “racist” and claimed his “lack of understanding” was “ludicrous.”
The President reminded the Mayor that FEMA was ready and prepared to help, and she should be thanking them for their assistance.
As Trump said in a scathing tweet:
FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job. When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You — Not like last time.
That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!
Well, now it seems the people of Puerto Rico believe Cruz Soto isn’t fit to rise in their political sphere. With only 13 percent of the vote, she clearly wasn’t a popular choice.
Did her attacks on Trump have an impact on her overall popularity in Puerto Rico? That’s difficult to say, but it seems obvious that it didn’t help.
- San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto lost in her bid to become gubernatorial candidate for the PDP in Puerto Rico.
- Cruz Soto frequently lambasted President Donald Trump for his “neglect.”
- At the time, Trump clarified that there was no neglect and FEMA was ready and willing to assist.
Source: The Daily Wire