This morning I woke up to the news that President Trump called the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico “nasty.” This does not surprise me because he has no tolerance for powerful women who speak their mind, especially when it involves his ego. And believe me, Trump’s ego is bruised this week…even more than normal…after his Health and Human Services Cabinet Secretary had to resign in disgrace because of abuse of power.
Yesterday, as I watched the CNN interview with Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, I realized that she was being goaded into speaking the truth to power. The reporter asked the major if she had heard that Trump’s acting Homeland Security Director (also a woman) remarked that what was happening in Puerto Rico was a “good news story.”
Mayor Yulin Cruz just stared at the camera for a few seconds. I felt that I could read her mind. Do I tell the truth or do I hold back and hope that Trump will send the help that my people need right now? She opted for the truth.
She made a few remarks and then said: “Damn it, this is not a good news story. This is a people are dying story.”
Her people lacked housing because their homes were either damaged or destroyed. Their hurricane supplies such as food and water were running out and could not be replaced as stores and businesses were shut down or not able to be restocked. Medical care was in short supply as hospitals were damaged, and those still up and running depended on receiving more fuel for their generators. Diabetics who relied on refrigerated insulin and kidney patients who needed dialysis were going without the treatments that were keeping them alive.
Bridges had been washed away and roads were blocked by fallen trees. Fuel was in short supply to run generators or drive cars and trucks across the now dangerous roads.
Hampering emergency responders were two things: 1) lack of communication because cell towers were down, and 2) electric power had been knocked out across the country.
And this morning Trump responded like a bully as he tweeted from his golf course in New Jersey. I will not repeat his comments except to say that they were unpresidential.
How long, O Lord, do we have to suffer his disparaging remarks? When will the GOP establishment say “enough already”?
And when will women who speak truth to power be applauded rather than put down. It will happen when the general public rises up and says enough…”Enough!”