Politician targeted by Puerto Rican governor responds: 'This is an attack on all women'

Politician targeted by Puerto Rican governor responds: 'This is an attack on all women'
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Former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D), who was mentioned in leaked misogynistic messages from embattled Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, called his words “an attack on all women” Wednesday on CNN.

In the messages, Rosselló calls Mark-Viverito, an ally of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a “whore” who should be “beat[en] up” after she criticized Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE’s support for Puerto Rican statehood.

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“This is not about me, obviously, this is an attack on all women and the people of Puerto Rico in general,” Mark-Viverito told CNN’s David Gregory.

While Puerto Ricans have been frustrated with corruption within the government bureaucracy for years, “what the chat revealed was many things: one, it was about the sexism, misogyny [and] homophobia; two, it was about the use of government money and resources to enrich your friends," she added.

After seeing those aspects laid bare, Mark-Viverito said, “I think people just had enough.”

“People are tired of the abuse from those in power. This is about reclaiming government, hitting reset & re-prioritizing,” she said in a tweet Sunday. “The people MUST be first.”

Puerto Rico has seen massive protests following the reveal of the messages and the arrest of several top aides to Rosselló on corruption charges, with protesters calling for his resignation.

Rosselló has refused to resign but announced Sunday he would not seek reelection in 2020 and is stepping down as head of the New Progressive Party. His announcement did little to quell the demonstrations, with protesters on Monday blocking a major highway.

Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have expressed solidarity with the protesters or called on Rosselló to resign, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter MORE (D-Mass.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFinancial firms facing serious hacking threat in COVID-19 era Gabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-Hawaii), who on Friday became the first candidate to visit Puerto Rico since demonstrations started.