Carmen Yulin Cruz, the anti-Trump Mayor of San Juan who has used the national spotlight of Hurricane Maria to attack Trump, has a long history of supporting convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera, a Puerto Rican radical who ran a paramilitary group that waged war against the United States.
Since May 29th, 2012, Cruz has used her official Twitter account 49 times to lend support to Lopez, a man arrested by the United States government in May of 1981 for seditious conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to transport explosives to destroy government property, among other charges. Later that year, Lopez was sentenced to 55 years in jail for his various crimes.
Moreover, it appears Cruz is more than just a supporter of Rivera’s; she appears to be a personal friend of his. On May 29th, 2016, Cruz posted a tribute to Rivera, and wrote “for a great friend, a great patriot: for you Oscar Lopez Rivera.”:
para un gran amigo, un gran patriota: para ti Oscar Lopez Rivera. https://t.co/6DIJNucuJM
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) May 29, 2016
Indeed, Cruz and Lopez appear to be not just friends, but close friends. Several months after President Obama commuted Rivera’s sentence just before he left office, a decision so bizarre even CNN’s Jake Tapper didn’t understand it, Cruz tweeted a selfie of herself with a man who closely resembles Rivera, with the caption reading “Welcome #OscarLopez”:
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) May 17, 2017
However, this is hardly surprising, given her long history of using her political clout to advocate on the convicted terrorist’s behalf. On September 20th, 2012, Cruz tweeted a picture of herself posing with street art of Rivera, writing “Free Oscar Lopez Rivera.”:
Arte solidario encontrado ayer por las calles del Precinto 2. "La vida es lucha toda". Libertad a Oscar López Rivera. pic.twitter.com/uVRV00Hh
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) September 30, 2012
On May 29th, 2014, Cruz tweeted a picture of herself at a “national walk” for the convicted terrorist, sporting a shirt with his face on it:
SIn banderas ni partidos …Abel Nazario tambien marcho por la excarcelación de Oscar Lopez. Gracias!! pic.twitter.com/ITIOFtF8UP
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) May 29, 2014
On May 27th, 2015, Cruz tweeted a picture of herself and a friend wearing shirts that read “FREE OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA NOW!”:
En NY o SJ la lucha por la liberación de Oscar Lopez sigue firme! Hasta que regrese a casa. pic.twitter.com/bTygguxnVd
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) May 28, 2015
Apparently, she is so close with Rivera that he actually painted a picture of her from his prison cell, per this tweet from June 5th, 2016:
Este cuadro lo pintó Oscar López Rivera. Le pedi permiso para ponerlo en mi comité que es la casa de todos… pic.twitter.com/Vqaodfw6zn
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) June 5, 2016
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In addition, Cruz was an outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter during the Presidential election, tweeting the day before the election that Trump does not deserve to be president:
He tenido mis diferencias con ella y las sostengo pero no puedo negar que está preparada y que Trump no merece ser Pres.
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) November 7, 2016
She has also appeared with Senator Bernie Sanders in support of the anti-American terrorist:
Mayor of San Juan and Bernie Sanders calling to free confessed terrorist Oscar Riviera pic.twitter.com/9gwOPjUgQ8
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) September 30, 2017
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