Congressman Tears Up While Excoriating U.S. Response in Puerto Rico: ‘Disgraceful’

With the comments from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz — who sounded a “mayday” alarm at a press conference Friday — it has become abundantly clear that Puerto Rico is in crisis.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) spoke to CNN Friday from the island. And in an extremely emotional interview, Gutierrez affirmed Cruz’s assertions — and came down strongly against President Donald Trump and the U.S. government as a whole for their response to the devastating storm.

“It is a disgraceful job,” Gutierrez said, as he began to tear up. He added, “This is not a response that is demonstrative of our power, our wealth, and I’m tired of the President always talking about how much it’s going to cost. It’s costing lives, Mr. President. ”

Gutierrez hearkened back to Trump’s “fire and fury” comments regarding the U.S. military’s prowess, and pleaded with Trump to allow the Armed Forces to bring that power to Puerto Rico.

“I would hope that as he likes to talk about the fire and the fury of the Armed Forces of the United States, that he bring them to Puerto Rico,” Gutierrez said. “With that same fire and fury to save the people of Puerto Rico from what is going to be a disaster here on this island.”

Gutierrez added, “They are 3.4 million American citizens. And I’m going to demand as their fellow citizen that we treat them with the kind of respect, with the kind of honor that they deserve as human beings.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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