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San Juan mayor buries Trump for denying Puerto Rican death toll: ‘Delusional, paranoid and unhinged’

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Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, unloaded on President Donald Trump Thursday after he denied that 3,000 people had actually died due to Hurricane Maria last year.

In response to Trump’s Thursday morning tweet, in which he accused Democrats of fabricating the Puerto Rican death toll just to make him look bad, Cruz wrote on Twitter that the president is dangerously out of touch with reality.

“Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality,” she wrote. “Trump is so vain he thinks this is about him. NO IT IS NOT.”

She then shamed the president for trying to dismiss the lives of Puerto Ricans who lost their lives during the storm.

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“Mr Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER,” she wrote. “You will never take away our self respect. Shame on you!”

The Puerto Rican government, after conducting a study with researchers at George Washington University, significantly revised its estimates of deaths related to Hurricane Maria upward over the summer. Although they initially said that just 64 people died from the hurricane, a more thorough examination led them to estimate that nearly 3,000 people died in the storm’s wake.

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The Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria has been widely criticized, as it took several weeks after the hurricane hit to ensure that all Puerto Ricans had access to safe drinking water — and several months to restore electricity to the entire island.


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