San Juan Mayor Sounds the Alarm: ‘We Are Going to See Something Close to Genocide’

Earlier Friday, we chronicled the strong words that Carmen Yulín Cruz — Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico — had for acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who called the relief efforts on the island “a really good news story.”

“Dammit, this is not a good news story,” Cruz said on CNNNew Day. “This is a people are dying story. This is a life or death story.”

At a press conference Friday afternoon, Cruz went even further.

“[P]eople are drinking off a creek,” Cruz said. “So I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell.”

The Mayor made it clear that the situation in her town, and in the country, couldn’t be any more dire.

“I am asking members of the press to send a mayday call. We are dying here,” Yulin Cruz said. “And if we don’t get the food and water into people’s hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide.”

Watch above, via NBC.

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