Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz: Trump's Tax Bill Will Hurt Puerto Rico

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz: Trump's Tax Bill Will Hurt Puerto Rico
    >> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.
    MY NEXT GUEST HAS BEEN AN OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE FOR PUERTO
    RICO'S RECOVERY OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS.
    PLEASE WELCOME THE MAYOR OF SAN JUAN, CARMEN YULIN CRUZ.
    ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ♪ ♪ ♪
    >> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
    >> THANK YOU.
    >> Stephen: THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING ON.
    >> NO, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.
    AND THANK YOU TO THE BAND.
    THAT WAS REALLY GREAT.
    >> Jon: THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
    ( APPLAUSE ).
    >> Stephen: NOW, PUERTO RICO WAS DEVASTATED AFTER HURRICANE
    MARIA ON SEPTEMBER 20?
    >> SEPTEMBER 20.
    >> Stephen: OKAY.
    SO IT'S BEEN TWO MONTHS.
    WE DON'T HEAR ABOUT IT AS MUCH IN THE NEWS ON THE MAINLAND THAT
    MUCH ANYMORE.
    HOW IS THE RECOVERY GOING RIGHT NOW?
    >> WELL, IT'S NOT GOING AS FAST AS IT SHOULD.
    WE STILL HAVE ABOUT 60% GENERATION.
    YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, GENERATION IS NOT THAT PEOPLE
    HAVE POWER.
    BECAUSE ALL THE POWER IN THE ISLAND GETS GENERATE FROM THE
    SOUTHERN PART.
    AND THEN IT JUST GETS SENT AROUND THROUGH MOUNTAINS.
    >> Stephen: SO WHAT PERCENTAGE DOESN'T HAVE POWER RIGHT NOW?
    >> WELL, ABOUT 50% OF THE POPULATION STILL DOESN'T HAVE
    POWER.
    AND THE ONES THAT DO HAVE, IT'S VERY UNSTABLE.
    WE HAVE HAD TWO BLACKOUTS IN THE PAST THREE WEEKS, TOTAL BLACKOUT
    ON THE ENTIRE ISLAND, WHICH IS 100 MILES LONG BY 30 MILES WIDE.
    YOU COULD BE OPERATING IN AN OPERATING ROOM AND ALL OF A
    SUDDEN, YOU END UP WITH A LIGHT AND YOUR CELL AS A PHONE.
    OUR CHILDREN ARE GOING TO SCHOOL ONLY FOUR HOURS A DAY BECAUSE
    THERE'S NOT ELECTRICITY.
    AND A LOT OF PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE ELDERLY THAT LIVE IN
    BUILDINGS, I SAY THEY'VE BECOME HUMAN CAGES BECAUSE THEY CANNOT
    HAVE THE WATER PUMPED UP.
    IN THE MIDDLE OF -- >> Stephen: IS THERE FRESH
    WATER?
    >> WELL, ABOUT 90% HAVE WATER BUT WE'RE STILL UNDER A HEALTH
    ADVISORY, SO YOU EITHER HAVE TO FILTER THE WATER OR YOU HAVE TO
    BOIL THE WATER, BUT, OF COURSE, YOU CAN'T BOIL THE WATER BECAUSE
    YOU DON'T HAVE ANY ELECTRICITY.
    SO IT'S-- IT'S A TOUCH-AND-GO SITUATION STILL.
    AND THIS NEW "TAX" REFORM IS NOT GOING TO HELP US, EITHER,
    BECAUSE IT PUTS A 20% EXCISE TAX ON ALL OF THE IMPORTS THAT COME
    FROM PUERTO RICO INTO THE UNITED STATES.
    >> Stephen: BUT, WAIT, SO THERE'S A 20%--
    >> 20% INCREASE INCOME TAX FROM ALL OF THE IMPORTS THAT WILL
    COME FROM PUERTO RICO INTO THE UNITED STATES.
    >> Stephen: BUT PUERTO RICO IS THE UNITED STATES.
    >> WELL, YOU KNOW, WE ARE A TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES.
    >> Stephen: BUT YOU'RE CITIZENS?
    >> YES, SIR, SINCE 1917.
    AND I MEAN, MAYBE THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO SAY IT, BUT
    PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NOT BEEN UP TO THE STANDARDS THAT THIS
    COUNTRY DESERVES.
    ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) >> Stephen: THIS IS A SHOT--
    THIS IS A SHOT OF YOU IN THE FLOODWATERS.
    >> THAT WAS WATER WITH HUMAN EXCREMENT.
    >> Stephen: IF IT.
    DOWN IN-- IS THIS IN SAN JUAN.
    >> IN SAN JUAN, A PLACE CALLED OCEAN PARK.
    >> Stephen: AND AT THIS TIME AND SINCE THEN-- ESPECIALLY
    SINCE THIS TIMEUE WERE CRYING OUT FOR HELP SAYING THE PEOPLE
    IN SAN JUAN IN PUERTO RICO WERE DYING AND YOU NEEDED MORE HELP.
    AND YOU GOT THIS RESPONSE FROM THE PRESIDENT, "MAYOR OF SAN
    JUAN, WHO WAS VERY COMPLIMENTARY ONLY A FEW DAYS AGO, HAS NOW
    BEEN TOLD BY THE DEMOCRATS THAT YOU MUST BE NEWSCAST TOW TRUMP."
    AND HERE IS-- THIS WAS YOUR-- >> THAT WAS MY REPLY.
    >> Stephen: THIS WAS YOUR REPLY.
    ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) >> BUT-- I HAVE-- I HAVE
    SOMETHING FOR YOU, IF I MAY.
    JUST A LITTLE REPLY WITH A TWIST.
    YOU GET YOUR OWN NASTY SHIRT WITH A LITTLE PUERTO RICAN TWIST
    IN IT.
    THIS IS JUST FOR YOU.
    >> Stephen: OH, THAT'S NICE.
    >> YEAH.
    >> Stephen: THANK YOU.
    ARE THESE AVAILABLE, OR, LIKE-- >> WE-- WE STARTED-- THAT'S THE
    FIRST ONE WE MADE.
    WE STARTED A FOUNDATION BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A BIG
    DIFFERENCE-- AND, AGAIN, I DON'T MEAN TO BE HARSH, BUT THERE'S A
    STARK CONTRAST BETWEEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR HUGE
    HEART AND YOU HAVE POURED YOURSELF OUT IN SUPPORT TO US,
    AND HOW YOU OFTEN ASK-- YOU'VE DONE IT ON YOUR SHOW SO MANY
    TIMES.
    AND THOSE THAT CAN SEE YOU-- BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE
    ELECTRICITY-- ARE REALLY COGNIZANT OF THE FACT THAT YOU
    HAVE BEEN ONE OF THOSE VOICES THAT HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN US, AND
    FOR THAT I WANT TO BE VERY GREATFUL TO YOU AND THANK YOU
    FOR THAT.
    >> Stephen: THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING.
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
    >> WE STARTED THIS FOUNDATION, THE FOUNDATION IS CALLED
    "SOMEBODY HELP US.
    SOMEBODYHELPUS.ORG.
    YOU CAN SEND THERE IF YOU WANT.
    I GOT $20 BILLS FROM PEOPLE IN TEXAS.
    AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SUCH BIG HEART, AND THE CONTRAST
    WITH THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT THAT HAS SUCH A BIG MOUTH.
    ( APPLAUSE ) >> Stephen: NOW, HOW MANY--
    HOW CAN PEOPLE-- HOW CAN PEOPLE OUT THERE CONTINUE TO HELP RIGHT
    NOW?
    WELL, FIRST OF ALL, YOU CAN KEEP US IN YOUR THOUGHTS.
    WHENEVER YOU SEE SOMETHING FOR PUERTO RICO, RETWEET IT, OR PUT
    IT ON FACEBOOK.
    SECONDLY, YOU CAN DONATE TO THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS.
    THEY'RE DOING THIS WHOLE THING WITH OPERATION BLESSING, CLARITY
    FILTERS.
    IF YOU DONATE, YOU GET A CLARITY FILTER, MADE BY KHOLLER, TO A
    FAMILY IN PUERTO RICO SO THEY CAN HAVE CLEAN WATER.
    YOU CAN DONATE TO THE UNIONS, THE A.F.L.-C.I.O., TOOK 320
    WORKERS AND THEY STAYED IN PUERTO RICO FOR TWO WEEKS,
    HELPING SAN JUAN, 42 COMMUNITIES.
    OR YOU CAN GO TO SOMEBODYHELPUS.ORG, AND MAKE A
    SMALL CONTRIBUTION.
    DOESN'T MATTER.
    YOU PEOPLE, AGAIN, I HAVE TO THANK YOU, BECAUSE YOU HAVE
    NEVER LEFT US ALONE, AND I HOPI NEVER FORGET US BECAUSE WE HAVE
    A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF US, BUT-- CAN YOU SAY "DAMN IT" ON TV?
    >> Stephen: SURE.
    >> SO, DAMN IT, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT.
    ( APPLAUSE ).
    >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
    >> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH.
    >> Stephen: MAYOR CARMEN YULIN CRUZ, EVERYONE!
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