t's no secret that there's been some bad blood between San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and President Donald Trump. After Puerto Rico was ravaged by hurricanes last month, the president's failure to efficiently provide adequate aid has made Puerto Rican lives considerably more difficult. Cruz has not shied away from sharing her disappointment with Trump. After the president's PR stunt of a visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, she referred to him as the "miscommunicator-in-chief." That evening, she gave a couple of television interviews, where she expressed her displeasure with Trump's response both with her words and with her fashion.
Throwback Thursday! Remember when Trump called Hillary a "nasty woman" during the third presidential debate?
He had to interrupt her to say it (obviously), but you could tell from the look on his face that he thought he’d really gotten a good one in.
What he probably didn't expect was for the term "nasty woman" to become something of a badge of pride for a lot of Hillary supporters (and/or non-fans of Trump).
There were Nasty Woman coffee mugs, T-shirts, jewelry, wine glasses, stickers. If you can imagine an object, it probably exists with the words “nasty woman” emblazoned on it with pride.
Prior to Trump's visit to Puerto Rico, he shared a tweet saying that Cruz was now being "nasty," presumably because the Democrats had told her to act that way.
This was after Cruz shared her criticism of the president’s lack of adequate response when millions of American citizens had been without power since the hurricane hit. (This was also the tweet that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to say Trump is going “straight to hell.“)
Anyway, Trump’s favorite insult for women had reared its ugly head again. Just like at the debate, it’s not difficult to imagine Trump rubbing his hands after sending out that tweet and muttering, “I really zinged her with that one!”
Cruz had the perfect response.
She wore a T-shirt with the word “NASTY” on it for her live TV interview with Univision.
Because if the president is going to call you nasty for trying to save the lives of your people, you own it. If asking for help (and correctly pointing out that it’s not being provided) is nasty, then we should all strive to be as nasty as Carmen Yulín Cruz.
While we're applauding Cruz's total badassery, let's not forget that there are still millions of people who need our help.
(And the president’s, but we obviously can’t hold our breath for that one.)
Visit hispanicfederation.org to donate to the people of Puerto Rico today and you too can be a nasty person.