“I am mad as hell. If we don’t get the food and the water into people’s hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide.”
One of the first images we saw from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria was Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. She spoke quietly, fighting back tears, as she described what residents would soon find once they returned home. Today, less than two weeks after Maria made landfall, Cruz said in a press conference that she’s tired of being polite.
“I am begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us… we are dying. We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency, and the bureaucracy. We will make it with or without you.” Cruz added, “I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles long. So I am asking the President of the United States to make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives.”
Cruz went on to list what few supplies they had received. She said she distributed water to people who were drinking water from a creek.
“So I am done being polite, I am done being politically correct,” Cruz exclaimed. “I am mad as hell. If we don’t get the food and the water into people’s hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide.”
Earlier today, Cruz fired back at Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who said yesterday that she was “very satisfied” with the U.S. response in Puerto Rico.
Duke said: “I know it’s a hard storm to recover from, but the amount of progress that’s been made, and I really would appreciate any support that we get. I know it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane.”
Today, Cruz vehemently disagreed, saying, “This is a ‘people are dying’ story.”