Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, criticized President Donald Trump on Thursday after the President claimed that the death toll from Hurricane Maria had been inflated by Democrats to make him look bad, MSNBC reported.
“This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr. Pres in the real world people died on your watch. YOUR LACK OF RESPECT IS APPALLING!” Cruz tweeted.
“Mr. Trump you can try and bully us with your tweets BUT WE KNOW OUR LIVES MATTER. You will never take away our self-respect. Shame on you!” she added in a subsequent tweet.
Trump on Thursday cast doubt on a study that found nearly 3,000 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico last year.
“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths,” Trump tweeted. “As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.”
Trump later claimed that Democrats were responsible for the increased death toll as part of a plot to make him look “as bad as possible.”
“This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”
Cruz, who has been among Trump’s most outspoken critics, issued a series of blistering tweets in response on Thursday morning, tearing into Trump as “delusional, paranoid and unhinged from any sense of reality.”
“Thousands of Americans, our diaspora & Latinos that came to PR to care for us and become advocates for our people deserve better than this,” Cruz tweeted.