San Juan Mayor Blasts The “Hater In Chief”

Talking Points Memo reports:

After President Donald Trump continued his tirade against Puerto Rico Thursday morning, the mayor of San Juan shot back and said Trump’s comments sound like they were coming from “a ‘Hater in Chief,’” not the President.

On Thursday morning Trump again criticized the U.S. territory’s debt and infrastructure issues. He tweeted that FEMA, the military and first responders couldn’t continue helping out Puerto Rico “forever!”

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz — who hasn’t been shy about calling out the President for the federal response to the devastation in Puerto Rico, which she thinks has been inadequate — pushed back.

  • PickyPecker
    • james1200

      Is this the gayest gif of all time? I think so. Except for actual gay porn gifs, I mean.

  • Tomcat

    Damn Trump you guys JUST got there and you are ready to cut and run already, what a POS you are.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Low-energy, weak, no stamina. Sad!!!

      • David Walker

        No empathy, no understanding, no humanity. Sad!!1!

  • TampaDink

    I admire her efforts but fear that hair furor will just double down on his hateful rhetoric & cut more aid.

    • hoover2001

      I don’t think there’s any doubt that Trump being so petty and cruel to Puerto Rico is because of her criticism. Just like Obama’s roasting him resulted in Trump’s insane desire to erase everything Obama ever did.

      • TampaDink

        Pettiness is one of the building blocks of his entire being.

    • greenmanTN

      Hopefully burning himself in the process.

      • TampaDink

        I wish. Unfortunately, his base will remain loyal no matter what he says or does and his lackeys & the party before everything GOP will sigh & move on. If there is a chance of him burning himself in the process, I’ll be glad to chip in for the fuel shower before hand.

  • Tomcat

    Thank you mayor for attempting to put him in his place. But until Congress grows some balls he can do anything he wants.

  • Todd Allis

    Retweeted and remembered to follow this time. She’s much more presidential than our Hater in Chief.

  • james1200

    Thousands of Americans will be sick or die in PR but Orange Hilter will still remain at 35% in the polls because it’s the ‘wrong’ kind of Americans that are suffering. I’m honestly hoping a fucking meteor hits North Dakota so Trump’s evil incompetence in dealing with a crisis finally hits home to his lily-white KKK supporters.

    • james1200

      Apologies to those of you living in N. Dakota. Montana getting taken out instead is fine with me, too.

      • The_Wretched

        It’s hard to find people to kill in ND. There’s next to noone there. Montana is more populated.

        • james1200

          Montana it is then! Off to pray!

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Spent a lot of time in MT James.

            Many cute boys will be harmed by your prayer-wishes.
            🙁 🙁 🙁

          • james1200

            We’ll shelter them…in your basement. ALL of them.

  • thatotherjean

    “San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz — who hasn’t been shy
    about calling out the President for the federal response to the
    devastation in Puerto Rico, which she thinks has been inadequate —
    pushed back.”

    Good on her, and shame on Talking Points Memo for that phrasing. The Federal response has been terribly, irresponsibly, woefully inadequate, and Mayor Cruz is absolutely right to protest it on behalf of the people she serves.

    • zhera

      Oh, but they have to be neutral in their reporting!

      /s

      • David Walker

        If they want to keep their broadcasting license, that is. (eyeroll that nearly strains muscles)

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Lol, yep she is right but prep for a Tweet Storm alert. Cat 5 predicted.

    • David Walker

      Oh, I promise she’ll out-cat him with whatever he throws her way. Can he demand the governor and the mayor be replaced? I mean, can he legally? (I know, but my thinking still goes legality.) He has no shame; she doesn’t need any because she has truth. There’s really no way he can win this, except for points from his base, and it would appear that’s what really matters.

      • Beagle

        It can demand. Just like I can demand the energy I had when I was 25. Doesn’t mean either will happen.

        • David Walker

          Good. Not for you, I mean, but good that he can’t just get rid of his annoyances. Like those pesky bone spurs.

  • safari
    • james1200
      • William

        That’s me every day.

    • MikeBx2

      Did the receptionist have a Slovenian accent?

      • jerry

        Yes, they’ve probably outsourced the WH switchboard. The Russians are very effective at propaganda.

      • David Walker

        Please don’t drag Slovenia into this. I doubt highly that, until the insurrection, neither the government nor the citizens are complicit. They are NOT fans of Russia.

        • MikeBx2

          It was a humorous attempt to insinuate Melania is working the switchboard.

          • David Walker

            Ah! Sorry. I have a friend in Slovenia who has versed me in their politics. I think I should probably just retire for the day. If I lose my sense of humor and ridiculousness, I’ve pretty much lost everything. bbl

          • MikeBx2

            Understood. I have plenty of days like that myself. 🙂

          • JackFknTwist

            I will follow you. All this relentless turd-talk by Trimp/turd is driving my crazy.

            The truth is Trump/turd is a mean spirited little bitter pygmy.

    • thatotherjean

      WTF? Dolt45 has brainwashed the White House staff, or have they just hired the terminally stupid?

      • Christopher

        Yes, and yes.

      • David Walker

        I wouldn’t toss out the possibility of “Need a job. I can hold on a little longer.” It’s an attitude I had to adopt, and if that’s the case, I can be pretty sympathetic.

        • thatotherjean

          I agree with you, unless the receptionist volunteered that disinformation on his/her (it’s almost always her) own. Then, it’s just dumbassery.

          • David Walker

            Totally.

    • Gustav2

      Holy fucking shit!

    • KCMC
    • ColdCountry

      I guess no one but WaPo saw the tweet then? No?

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    CHOTUS = Chief Hater of The United States
    (Hope CHOTUS chokes on a chocolate pretzel.)

  • safari
    • thatotherjean

      Doing what? Insisting that people fill out paperwork before they receive aid?

      Edited to add: /s

      • TangierOrange

        A classic cart-before-the-horse misunderstanding 😉

        They have to create the business plans first ! Then the budget is created and approved, then the paperwork required by the business plans is created, THEN the people fill out the paperwork.

        Maybe later the aid arrives.

        /s

        • Mark Cross

          Don’t forget the detailed, clearly articulated mission statement! That is a quintessential component of any aid application!

          • David Walker

            Susan Heyward said it best: “I WANT TO LIVE!” That’s probably not complicated enough, though.

  • Tomcat

    The difference between the rich and poor is money and morality .
    The rich have money and the poor have morality.

  • MikeBx2

    Houston hit by hurricane weeks before PR still has multiple FEMA locations operating. Hater-In-Chief hasn’t threatened to shut them down. Odd.

  • Blake Mason

    Along when him being a general asshole… Trump is certainly mad the PR voted for Marco Rubio over him in the primaries.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Oh the impotent fucking moron will want to nuke Puerto Rico now.

    • paganguy

      He wont need to do that. He’ll just carry out his threat to pull FEMA out.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Sure he will make her the worser enemy than Kim Jong-un of North Korea. Just wait for the tweet.

        • paganguy

          Sadly, if he’s proven nothing else, he’s proven that he has more than enough bile to go around.

      • Macbill

        Repubs will lose Florida as refugees from P.R. inhabit the state.

        • thatotherjean

          That might be the only good thing for us to come out of this mess.

        • Prost Seattle

          Any thoughtful person would understand this, and if the GOP had any organization, they’d have coordinated messages. Trump isn’t leading the GOP as is expected, McConnell can’t lead it, and Ryan isn’t stepping up to the plate. So many different factions are clamoring for control, you end up with chaos.

          Into this abyss should be a well run and organized Democratic Party, but they’re still performing the autopsy on the 2016 election.

          And the worst of them all? Voters. They only seem to care about Facebook being down yesterday, or who is going to be the latest celebrity judge on a talent programs, or…anything.

  • Jay George
  • Ken M

    Someone needs to take some wind out of his sails today. She does have a way about her. Still waiting on that rebuttal to Eminem. 😉

    • ChrisMorley

      Maybe that epic rap battle will be featured on SNL?

      • Ken M

        I hope so. With Eminem as the guest star. Not impassioned with him, but it would be hard to replace him in a skit.

  • Rex

    Trump’s gonna block her on Twitter – you know he can’t take shit from an empowered woman.

    • ChrisMorley

      He can’t stop her shaming tRump in front of the world.

      • David Walker

        But does the world matter? As long as 45 can’t see it, it doesn’t exist.

    • james1200

      Every morning now, I get up and curse the invention of Twitter. And the internet.

      Then I fire up Pornhub.

      https://media.tenor.com/images/c41d9623ad49e790c0964ace69f4ced0/tenor.gif

      • Blake J Butler

        Bless you. If I was at home and not internship I would be doing the same.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          I should be at home then? That explains the looks.

          • james1200

            Take your phone into the woods or a bathroom stall, like a decent person, FFS!

        • james1200

          Where are you interning that you can’t watch porn? I mean, this is still America!

          • PickyPecker

            They’re taking away his libety!

          • james1200

            You’re just trying to get me to post this, right PP?

            http://i.imgur.com/yNFlCtQ.jpg

          • Blake J Butler

            Social work , it would be seriously frowned upon.

            Unless I can incorporate it into therapy sessions ethically, I can’t do it.

          • David Walker

            One the many, many benefits of JMG is being able to wallow in some of the best spur-of-the-moment comedy writing anywhere. I love being part of the tribe.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Oh I hope he does because it will blow up in his face and not the pee kind.

    • ETownCanuck

      I’m actually surprised he hasn’t already.

  • ChrisMorley

    OT sanity break

    Astronomers find half of the missing matter in the universe

    – Scientists produce indirect evidence of gaseous filaments and sheets known as Whims linking clusters of galaxies in the cosmic web

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/12/astronomers-find-half-of-the-missing-matter-in-the-universe

    • Rex

      The rest of the gaseous matter is in the White House.

    • canoebum

      Are you saying our galaxy was created on a Whim? That sounds like a fact from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

    • The_Wretched

      The phlogiston keeps coming and going.

    • William

      Sorry about that, my partner put it all in the spare bedroom.

    • Beagle

      So that’s where my other sock went!

  • Nic Peterson

    One local mayor in PR has a bigger set a bell knockers than our entire Congressional delegation.

  • I think I’m in love.

  • greenmanTN

    Swear to god, every day is like a limbo contest, how low can he go?

  • zhera

    Are people gonna tell this strong woman to shut the fuck up so that maybe, possibly, hopefully the good gentlemen of DC will allow some crumbles to fall PR’s way?

    Carmen Cruz, you stand tall and speak the truth!

  • Silver Badger

    Can she run for president?

    • Hue-Man

      Not if she was born in PR.

      For example, natural born citizens of Puerto Rico are not natural born citizens of the United States, eligible to be president, while it remains a protectorate or dependency. Neither are citizens of the territories of the Marianas (Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands) or the U.S. Virgin Islands” These are not U.S. soil. They are protectorates.

      http://www.constitution.org/abus/pres_elig.htm

      • Silver Badger

        Too bad. She is vastly more presidential than the fucking moron we have now.

        • Rex

          My cat is more presidential than Trump. And she’s psycho.

          • whollyfool

            Your cat 2020

          • whollyfool

            Hell, anybody’s cat 2020
            Mice for all!

          • Cipher

            [Insert obligatory pussy-grab reference here]

          • William

            My cat prefers pizza bones.

          • whollyfool

            Cats are weird. Mine will only try to escape if I fail to bring him grass from outside to eat. Obligate carnivore indeed. 🙂

      • The_Wretched

        I don’t trust your source cite. The SCT hasn’t ruled on the question so it’s still open. see also, McCain and the Panama treaty zone. PR citizens also have federal US citizenship and travel on US passports internationally.

      • Tulle Christensen

        So McCain cannot be president then? She was born to US citizens just like McCain…please explain and her having brown skin is not valid

        • Tulle Christensen

          She was a US citizen at birth therefor natural born, all she would need to do is move to a state

        • Paula

          If his parents filed a Report of Birth Abroad with the Department of State, it shows he was a U.S. Citizen born overseas. It is automatically done by military hospitals in such cases.

      • JWC

        sort of Never neverland as the dangling carott

  • Clive Johnson

    Trump supporters are–I think this conclusion is unavoidable–too biased, too dumb–to take this evidence into account or achieve an accurate assessment of him. They’re still thrilled that Trump is restoring America’s alleged greatness, despite tons of evidence to the contrary. Recent articles:

    Yet another Trump official accused of defrauding taxpayers with dirty travel expenses
    https://boingboing.net/2017/10/12/interior-secretary-ryan-zinke.html

    American Kakistocracy
    From cabinet officials jetting around on the public dime, to Trump’s shattering of ethical norms, to disregard for congressional procedure—there’s a case to be made that the United States is governed by the least scrupulous of its citizens.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/american-kakistocracy/542391/

    Nothing to see here. Christ has his hand on this administration and godliness is being restored to America.

    • Cipher

      Make America WHITE (and hetero-male) Again. The only thing his supporters truly care about.

  • safari
    • Gustav2

      Nor the military.

      • JWC

        Because before #45 there was ‘liddle’ cause to do it

    • bambinoitaliano

      Federal Agencies never expect to deal with a derange compulsive liar with a comprehension of a two year old brat either.

      • Talisman

        Both the head of the department and the President.

        • David Walker

          FEMA suits have been quoted as saying they’ve filtered Mayor Cruz out. Too much honest critique, I guess.

  • ChrisInKansas

    I’m almost – almost – more upset with his staff, who have no doubt told him what he wants to hear; that they’ve done their jobs so well, everything’s already fixed and there’s no need to be there any more. And he’s just too ignorant to know otherwise

  • Jay George

    I love Maxine Waters. She is fearless.

    Exchange between Rep. Maxine Waters & Secretary Ben Carson on Puerto Rico.
    https://www.facebook.com/CSPAN/videos/10156114169110579/

    • PickyPecker

      Would have helped if Uncle Ben would have been awake for this, don’t you think?

      • Steverino

        He was trying to come up with an appropriate poverb but couldn’t think of any.

        • TampaDink

          He should call his boss and ask him about those two Corinthians.

        • PickyPecker
        • Gustav2

          Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, And do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.

          Proverbs 27:10

          (PKs rule!)

          • Gustav2

            All the brothers of a poor man hate him; How much more do his friends abandon him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.

            Proverbs 19:7

          • David Walker

            Was that written before or after Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanack”?

          • Gustav2

            After, it is not in the KJV. /s

          • William

            That’s Poverbs!

      • The_Wretched

        Uncle Ben has late stage dementia or equivalent. He should be getting care not running a department. His appointment is a cruel joke.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Why? Is someone serving Rice Roni?

        • Cipher

          He only eats the white rice.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          Isn’t that “the San Francisco treat”?
          https://youtu.be/yzOR_Fal_SY

          • Prost Seattle

            The rice queens love SF!

      • Jay George

        He was looking decidedly more alert by the end there. 😀 That is the most open I’ve ever seen his eyes.

    • Cipher

      Thank you!

    • boobert

      She’ll hit him so hard his lips will beat the ambulance to the hospital !

    • Pip

      I fucking love her.

    • David Walker

      Poor Dr. Stabby. Why can’t they talk about brain surgery? Actually, she’d probably catch him evading her questions about that, too.

      • Jay George

        She won’t let him wiggle out of the question. It’s brilliant.

        • David Walker

          Isn’t it delicious?

    • JackFknTwist

      He’s either f ucking brain dead or lobotomized ! What a useless waste of space. Little wonder he had so many medical negligence cases against him.

      • Jay George

        There is definitely something wrong with him. Maybe he had a head injury…

  • Blake J Butler
    • Tomcat

      Senate is a better gig!

    • greenmanTN

      Republicans put the goober in gubernatorial.

    • Gustav2

      Making the announcement at a preexisting and relatively small event would suggest she’s not launching a new campaign. You need confetti.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcrjnRhgyZg

  • safari

    O/T: Sarah speaks at “1:30ET”

    • Tomcat

      Arf, arf.

      • Ken M

        Hasn’t this Thurs been Mon enough already?

        • Tomcat

          It’s Thursday?

    • Tomcat

      1:30 where, California?

    • The_Wretched

      You mean 2:12 ET?

  • Bryan

    o/t: PR Governor just called Donald a racist and the newscaster said, “That’s a pretty bold statement.”
    Bold? Really?

    • jerry

      At this point, it’s really a given that he’s a racist.

      • JCF

        It’s been given for 40+ years that he’s a racist!

    • Tomcat

      If the fo shits square it.

    • thatotherjean

      Pfffft. Puerto Rico is mostly brown; Houston is mostly not. Who is getting the recovery help? And, of course, there are dozens of other examples. Not bold, just honest.

      • Bryan

        I was mostly thinking “de rigueur…”

    • David Walker

      Out of curiosity, Bryan, which news channel was this?

      • Bryan

        msnbc…

        • David Walker

          So that was an attempt to save their license. Lord.

    • William

      Really? The governor had been one of Trump’s biggest fans a couple weeks ago.

      • Cipher

        It’s beyond time for this man who sat there next to Twittler during that vile press conference with her at the opposite end of the bent L-shaped table being disrespected to stand the eff up and say something.

      • Bryan

        As more people die in PR, perhaps the veil is being lifted.

        • David Walker

          Especially with the lightning bolt from yesterday about people breaking into Superfund sites to get water and people dying from preventable disease from drinking water tainted by animals’ responses to nature’s calls. I don’t understand why anyone, even the deplorables, can be proud to be Murkin.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        You didn’t decode his eye-blinks, did you?

    • Cipher
      • Bryan

        Thank you! I overlooked that detail…

    • ColdCountry

      Stand by for Dump to reverse his opinion of the PR Governor in 3… 2….

  • safari
  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Wow.

    NBC: To get Trump to accept the current deployment of U.S. forces worldwide, NatSec leaders chose to show how positions benefited Trump Org.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) October 12, 2017

    • safari

      Wow

    • JWC

      That’s how you would swing Donny over to climate change, Devise a way to show Donny that trump.org would make a nickle

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        Too bad trump.org isn’t invested in solar energy options.

        • Tomcat

          Oil companies still paying him NOT to.

      • Tomcat

        Haven’t you heard yet of the Trump junk health care business?

    • Tomcat

      Troops all around his hotels and golf courses, oh yeah.

    • thatotherjean

      I thought Trump wasn’t supposed to be involved with his various properties–although, since he refused to follow the usual procedure and divest his interests in them, that was always a joke. I wish this were, too.

      • Gustav2

        They were trying to explain to the Dumbass in Chief how are military and embassies helped US businesses…by including his businesses around the world.

        Like all Republicans, he thought he had built it on his own.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Fifth-grade comprehension level.

    • Clive Johnson

      They’re abetting corruption, and now they too are guilty.

    • When reading the article all I could think of is Mattis and Tillerson wearing sock puppets trying to explain diplomacy to Trump. And then I remember that Americans allowed this to happen. And then the misanthropy starts to set in.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        “starts”? gurl, u r way more patient that i am!

    • ByronK

      I bet they still had to mention his name every 90 seconds and display all the maps on his Leapfrog.

    • The_Wretched

      National security sold as protection for Trump’s private holdings…it’s textbook corruption.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        textbook, or “The Decline and Fall of the something something”.

  • Ken M

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-puerto-rico-status-20171003-story.html A bit O/T but some quick facts about the US and PR. i.e., I never realized that they pay no kind of taxes, at any level to the US What can I say, I’m slow sometimes. Makes a dirty excuse for Trump to give his followers though, regarding the lack of help.

    • The_Wretched

      “they pay no kind of taxes,”
      Eh, I’d say it as they don’t pay federal income tax on wages earned in PR.

    • Hank

      Florida has @ 1 million Puerto Rican residents, the largest outside of Puerto Rico. They pay Federal Taxes AND they have FAMILY living in Puerto Rico. Do not know what the latest population in NYC is.

  • boobert

    In other news, the New York times has parts from ivana’s book. No wonder those kids are a mess ! lol https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/opinion/ivana-ivanka-trump-book.html

  • Leo

    Maddow laid into PR response last night. One of her best in weeks.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn9WiQLX5B0

  • David Walker

    Sic ‘im, Mayor.

  • Lazycrockett

    Craig Melvin is ripping this white guy on MSNBC at the moment and its beautiful.

  • Ross

    I was worried that Trump would nuke NK.

    Now I am worried that Trump will nuke PR.

    • GayOldLady

      He basically has nuked PR by turning his back on them. They’re BROWN you know?

  • GayOldLady

    This Lady tells it like it is and is unafraid of the Comrade in Cheat. Oh, how I wished I believed in Hell so at least I could take some pleasure in knowing he will pay.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    40+ requests from ad-servers, just in switching from the last page to this one! No wonder J.M.G. on Disqus is so slow, inefficient, and INTRUSIVE.

  • skyweaver

    I really love this woman

  • Ninja0980

    You go Carmen!

  • Joe Smith

    Trump calls her sexist slurs in 3..2..1..

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Wonder how she’ll rate on pervolini’s scale of 1 to 10.

    • Ann Kah

      Tweets. The verb is “tweets”.

  • Dagoril

    Maybe North Korea will be willing to give aid. We should ask them.

  • Tor

    There goes her invitation to the White House.

    • David Walker

      She’s devastated, of course. Also relieved. She assumed the invitation was from HR and she was go be interviewed to be the new cleaning lady.

  • Mike

    If Texans and Floridians had an ounce of decency they would be the loudest critics of what Trump is doing to Puerto Rico, after his having promised unlimited billions to two of his favorite red states for aid after similar disasters. It should be “we all eat or none of us eats.” But finding an ounce of dignity these days can take some digging.

    • Tread

      I think you’re looking for the word integrity. It’s integrity that these people are sorely lacking.

      • Ann Kah

        To be fair, a lot of those people are digging out from their own problems, so that makes it hard to care about someone else’s. But they know how hard it is to help when the infrastructure is completely gone, and when the damage is on an island surrounded by big water…

        • Tread

          Oh, I was making a larger statement about Americans and politicians in general.

  • MBear

    Daaaaammmmn Gurl!
    SuhNAP!

  • Ziad Baaklini

    I have to say it’s kinda surreal that twitter is the platform of communication between the People and the highest branches of American government lol

    • stuckinthewoods

      You just wait for the Tweet of the Union address, then you’ll be impressed.

      • JAKvirginia

        And now with 280 characters! Yowza!

      • Halou

        I remember on the 4th of July the NPR tweeted the entire Declaration of Independence in 140 character segments, as in previous years when they had someone reciting it over the radio. Trumpanzees naturally took offense to it.

      • katkelly57

        Tweet of the Union address

        Haveta steal that from you!

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    How come we never hear from PR’s governor anymore?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      He has Trump dick in his mouth.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • MichaelJ

    Trump is incapable of understanding what any moral imperative is because he lacks any morality.

  • Halou

    Trump pledged to have federal agencies in Texas for as long as it took to get the state back in shape, be it weeks, months, or even years. Because America looks after it’s own. Hoo-rah!

    But those ‘Mexican’ ingrates in PR seem to have an oversized sense of entitlement, want the government to do everything for them. It’s like they don’t even want to save themselves. /s

  • JCF
  • JAKvirginia

    In all honesty, Mayor Cruz, fix up your golf courses first and send him gift cards. That’ll get his attention. (The bastard.)

    Oh, and BTW: Still love you. You’re twice the man he is and twice the woman he’ll ever hope to pussgrab.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Brava!!!