Dem: Trump’s attacks on San Juan mayor include ‘not so subtle veil of racism and sexism’

Dem: Trump’s attacks on San Juan mayor include ‘not so subtle veil of racism and sexism’
© Greg Nash

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) ripped President Trump's attacks on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Saturday as having a "not so subtle veil of racism and sexism."

"The President's tweets today attacking the Puerto Rican people and the Mayor of San Juan are abhorrent, baseless, and are beneath the dignity of the office of the Presidency," Thompson said in a statement. 

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"Although unsurprising and quite predictable, it is pathetic that the President has decided to attack – with the not so subtle veil of racism and sexism – those desperately begging for his help in their hour of need," he continued. 

"It is inexcusable that the President is in New Jersey, away from the White House, on the attack on twitter when he only has one hour on his schedule today for hurricane response," he said. 

Thompson's comments come after Trump issued a scathing attack on Cruz earlier in the day, tweeting that she has showed "poor leadership" as Puerto Rico recovers from Hurricane Maria.

Cruz issued an emotional plea for help and condemned the federal government's response to the crisis on Friday. 

"I will do what I never thought I was going to do. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency," Cruz said. 

Puerto Ricans are currently struggling to receive access to basic necessities such as food, water, medicine and electricity.