Democratic presidential candidates put Puerto Rico back in the media spotlight

Thank you, Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro.

Warren, the senator from Massachusetts who is running for president, just held a town hall in Puerto Rico. Castro, a former secretary of Housing and Urban Development who is also running for president, made the island his first campaign stop.

This is important because in the rapidly shifting mainstream news cycle, Puerto Rico has wound up in the “old and forgotten” news bin far too often. Raising mainland consciousness about the island, including the two smaller island parts of PR (Vieques and Culebra) has been an uphill—and often losing—battle. Lest we forget, in 2017, The New York Times reported, “Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Know Puerto Ricans Are Fellow Citizens,” and this was tied to attitudes about support for people on the island.

I was elated to see that early media interest in Democratic presidential candidates is also putting Puerto Rico back in the headlines.

Senator Elizabeth Warren told an audience in the US territory of Puerto Rico that Trump’s ‘cruelty is not accident, it is part of the plan’ and received a standing ovation from the crowd in San Juan. She was highly critical of the President’s notion that he could divert funds from the Hurricane Maria relief to his southern border wall.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Puerto Ricans: President Trump does not respect you

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 23, 2019


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