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Tearful Mayor in Puerto Rico Warns People Are Dying Because FEMA ‘Chain of Command’ Isn’t Giving ‘Marching Orders’

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‘We Need to Get Our Sh*t Together Because People Are Dying’

President Donald Trump may have thanked her for her kind words about FEMA, but he didn’t hear all of them. San Juan, Puerto Rico mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz says FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) employees are good people who really want to help but they are waiting for their “marching orders,” and assessing the life-or-death situation in the capital city of 400,000 devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Mayor Yulín Cruz is blasting the Trump administration’s red tape, telling CBS News they want her to write memos. The San Juan mayor has literally been knocking on doors herself and saving lives.

“We are having a humanitarian crisis here, and we’re doing all we can. The worse fear is that we cannot get to people in time,” she says. “Two people died yesterday, because there was no diesel” at the local hospital. “There’s no diesel, there’s no life support system.”

“Help needs to get into people’s hands. Now.”

“The FEMA employees want to do it. They do,” she says. “But the chain of command is just sucking everything up.”

She warns that FEMA is spending time assessing and not doing anything.

“If you don’t ‘do,’ hundreds of lives will be lost.”

The mayor also took a swing at President Trump for his tweets Monday night about Puerto Rico’s debt crisis.

“This is a time for action. Let’s not talk about the debt. The fricking debt.”

“We need to get our shit together because people are dying,” she told CBS News. “It’s life or death.”

“Every moment we spend just not getting the help we’re supposed to get, people are starting to die,” Yulín Cruz said. 

She notes that Health and Human Services employees are on the ground and “ready to help but they didn’t get any marching orders.” She’s asking for someone to “structure the logistics.”

“There are people who have had no food and no water for 14 days.” 

CBS’ David Begnaud‏ posted a longer clip, in which Mayor Yulín Cruz says, “I don’t give a crap about who is running the show. Who ever is running the show needs to get the help out of the logistics meeting, and into people’s hands.”

And she says FEMA is still assessing, six days after the hurricane.

“The other day I was told, ‘You need to write a memo.'”

Begnaud on camera referred to this tweet from FEMA Administrator Brock Long:

Amnd Begnaud’s response:

CNN’s David Wright posted some of her remarks from a different inrterview:

President Trump has announced he is visiting Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

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Just 9 Republicans Joined Democrats to Uphold the Rule of Law and Vote to Hold Steve Bannon in Criminal Contempt

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Only nine House Republicans joined with every Democrat in voting to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress. Thursday afternoon’s final vote was 229-202.

Bannon refused to obey a lawful congressional subpoena ordering him to hand over documents and to submit to congressional investigators for a deposition. His legal defense was mocked by experts after he tried to invoke executive privilege.

Minority Whip Steve Scalise had directed House Republicans to vote against the motion.

Top voting rights attorney Marc Elias warns against praising the nine Republicans for doing the right thing in this one instance: “all nine of them voted against voting rights legislation,” he tweeted.

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‘Act of War’: Trump Blasted for ‘Chilling’ Statement Calling Election an ‘Insurrection’

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Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president, on Thursday issued what is being called a “chilling” statement on the election and the insurrection he incited.

“The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” Trump said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh simply and clearly calls it an “act of war.”

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) during debate on the House floor has “repeatedly” been “calling on Republicans to denounce the Trump statement,” according to reporter Jamie Dupree.

“All my colleagues were elected on November 3,” McGovern said. “If you believe that Election Day was an insurrection, then your election results are illegitimate.”

McGovern is not the only one to blast the Trump statement:

Some journalists are also slamming the former president’s latest remarks.

S.V. Dáte, the White House correspondent at HuffPost weighed in, saying, “Donald Trump tried to overthrow American democracy after he lost his election by 7 million votes, but nearly a year later, he’s still lying. About all of it.”

Washington Post national political reporter Felicia Sonmez called it a “chilling statement … that makes clear his stance on peaceful democracy vs. violent insurrection.”

Washington Post White House bureau chief Ashley Parker pointed to the statement and said: “In which Trump’s shamelessness continues to be his political super power.”

ProPublica Senior Reporter Peter Elkind says: “This is the position of the widely embraced leader of the GOP. Republicans all behind that?”

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Watch: Garland Destroys GOP Congressman’s False Suggestion His School Board Memo Calls Parents Terrorists

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U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland Thursday morning was forced to respond to repeated Republican false claims about his memo directing the DOJ to hold “discussions” with local leaders about threats of violence made against school board members, and several times had to push back hard against false accusations made by GOP Congressmen.

Franklin Graham, Stephen Miller, and countless others on the right for weeks have been falsely claiming that Garland has ordered DOJ to investigate parents merely for opposing school board decisions, mostly on mask mandates and what they claim is “critical race theory.”

U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) on Wednesday during a Judiciary Committee hearing falsely suggested Garland was calling parents’ challenging school boards domestic terrorists.

“One example of a so-called terrorist incident was a parent, merely questioning whether school board members had earned their high school diplomas. Now that might have been rude, but does that seem like an act of domestic terrorism that you or your Justice Department ought to be investigating?” Chabot asked.

“Absolutely not,” Garland replied. “And I want to be clear the Justice Department supports and defends the First Amendment right of parents to complain as vociferously as they wish, about the education of their children, about the curriculum taught in the schools. That is not what the memorandum is about at all, nor does it use the words ‘domestic terrorism’ or ‘Patriot Act.’ Like you, I can’t imagine any circumstance in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor can I imagine a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorism.”

As NCRM has previously reported, school board members and educators in at least nine states this year have been targeted with threats, death threats, and often racist death threats, including in Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Vermont, according to local news reports.

Ironically, it was Congressman Chabot who, a decade ago, was legitimately accused of violating the First Amendment when his staffers directed local police to confiscate video cameras at the Congressman’s town hall event, held in a public school.

Chabot, ruffled and rebuffed by Garland’s response, decided to end the inquiry there.

“Thank you I’m nearly out of time.”

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