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The Mayor Of San Juan, Puerto Rico Is Showing President Trump Just How Much Of A ‘Nasty’ Woman She Is

If any of your friends are looking for pointers on how to master the art of the clapback, just send them in the direction of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Are your friends also wondering what a true leader looks like and how they respond to human crisis? You can send them her way for that too.

In the weeks following the horrific humanitarian crisis plaguing Puerto Rica, the San Juan mayor has stepped up to bat. She’s met with victims, slept with them in shelters, waded through sewage, all while squaring off with Donald Trump.

Despite Cruz’s repeated pleas of help for the U.S. territory the White House administration has lagged behind in response. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Cruz has been demanding that the cries of her people be heard. All this, despite the White House opting to pick and choose how to help at the slowest of paces. (If you haven’t heard Trump took two weeks to make his way over to the island. Only four days went by before he made his visits Harvey and Irma.)

Cruz and her most recent retort to the White House’s lack of action is everything PR needs right now.

After a Fox News interview in which Trump called Cruz “nasty,” mayor Cruz stepped in for a televised interview wearing a black shirt with the word emblazoned in bold. Right. Across. Her. Chest.

It’s not the first time Cruz has had to react to Trump calling her nasty. His most recent attack occurred on Fox News in which he called Cruz “… a little bit on the nasty side and I said I guess she’s running for office, and it turns out I’m right.” But it hasn’t been the first time, Trump has used “nasty” to describe Cruz. When the mayor criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency for focusing on paperwork over lives, Trump sounded off on social media. “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,” said in a series of tweets.

“What is truly nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people.”

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Mayor Cruz said during her interview with Univision that what was truly nasty about the situation was “that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people.”

Forget the chancla and T-shirt. Get Cruz a mic and she can serve Trump a smackdown with her words alone.

Since then, the internet has been all about Cruz’s shirt.

But, seriously Trump. Get out of the way.

In fact, everyone is fully ready to help Cruz claim the name.

Nasty clearly ‘don’t mean a thing” to Cruz anyway.

Even a few celebs were inspired by her outfit and rigor.

Someone even accurately pointed out any woman who calls out Trump’s inadequacies gets the “nasty” label.

Besides having hurled the word at Cruz during a series of tweets, Trump has used “nasty” to put down Hillary Clinton as well. During the 2016 election, Trump, then a Republican candidate, called Clinton a “nasty woman” during a presidential debate. And while we love that Hillary went on to address Trump’s comment in stride, Cruz’s decision to proudly claim the title is everything.

To top off her  assessment on the mistreatment of Puerto Rico’s devastating disaster, Cruz had this to say:

“But, really, this is about saving lives. This isn’t about politics. Some people make it about politics, because they want to change the dialogue, because looking at the injustice and the suffering and the face will have to make them admit their failures.”

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz is literally the definition of righteous.

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Read: Here’s Where You Can Donate To Those Affected By The Earthquakes In Mexico And Hurricanes In Puerto Rico

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Running For Governor Of Puerto Rico In 2020

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Running For Governor Of Puerto Rico In 2020

Last week, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city, announced that she is running for governor in the 2020 elections.

Cruz, who gained national attention after criticizing President Donald Trump’s slow and shoddy response to Hurricane Maria, announced her run at the Caguas Botanical Garden on Friday.

“I’ve been thinking for a long time, what’s the best way I can serve Puerto Rico … I’m going to do so by becoming the next governor,” she said.

Cruz, who was sporting a t-shirt that read “¡Sin Miedo!” — which is Spanish for “without fear” — began her address by discussing her great-grandfather, who worked as an agricultural laborer, and how the legacy of slavery still impacts Puerto Rico today.

“We have to break away from the chains that tie us down in order to have a promising future and break our cycle of poverty,” Cruz, speaking on Emancipation Day, a Puerto Rican holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery on the island on March 22, 1873, said.

In Puerto Rico, the political party system is linked to the island’s political status. Those who support statehood, like sitting Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, are part of the New Progressive Party, more commonly known by the Spanish acronym PNP. People who want Puerto Rico to remain a US territory side with the Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, the party that Cruz is running in. Finally, those who want the island’s independence from the US often support the Puerto Rican Independence Party, or PIP.

After the Category 4 hurricane ravaged the island on September 20, 2017, Cruz, not Gov. Rosselló, became the face of the island, wading through flood water to help those devastated by the storm and publicly feuding with the president. When announcing her candidacy, she reminded the crowd that Gov. Rosselló’s administration “was unable to count deaths after Hurricane Maria” and “stood by Trump when he threw paper towels at people [in Puerto Rico].”

Cruz also took the opportunity to voice her position on other pressing matters on the island, like repealing the Jones Act, which prevents foreign ships from embarking on the island and thus raises the cost of imported goods, eliminating the federal Financial Oversight and Management Board and calling for an audit of Puerto Rico’s $72 billion public debt.

“The reality is that we still live in an island that fights for food, liberty and land,” she said, referring to the PPD’s Spanish slogan “Pan, libertad y tierra.” “We’re building a new movement within the Popular Democratic Party.”

Last month, Cruz also announced that she would co-chair Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the 2020 presidential race, saying the candidate could create “a new path toward the resolution of many of the issues facing Puerto Rico,” including establishing a “new relationship” with the United States.

Read: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Believes Bernie Sanders Could Create A “New Relationship” Between Puerto Rico And The US

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