San Juan mayor wears ‘help us, we are dying’ shirt for TV interview


Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “help us, we are dying” during an appearance on CNN on Friday night.

Photos posted to Twitter show Cruz speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper while wearing the shirt.


Cruz has been critical of President Trump and his administration’s response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria last week.

Earlier Friday, she blasted acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke for calling the government’s response to the crisis a “good news story.”

“Maybe from where she’s standing, it’s a good news story,” Cruz said. “When you’re drinking from a creek, it’s not a good news story. When you don’t have food for a baby, it’s not a good news story.”

“Damnit, this is not a good news story,” she continued. “This is a people-are-dying story.”

Duke later clarified her comments, telling reporters Friday that “it’s nice to see the communities together trying to recover and support each other.”

Cruz also held an emotional press conference Friday ripping the Trump administration’s efforts to assist the island.

“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,” she said.

Trump insisted Friday that his administration is doing an “incredible job” with relief efforts.

“We have done an incredible job, considering there’s absolutely nothing to work with,” Trump told reporters at the White House. 

“And a very big question is, what are we going to do with the power plant? Because the power plant is totally wiped out,” he said. “There is nothing. The power grid is gone.”


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