Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced on Tuesday, Oct. 6. announced her support for President Donald Trump and urged Puerto Ricans in the United States to vote for him on Nov. 3.
“I ask all Puerto Ricans who are listening to go vote,” the governor said in an interview in Spanish on Telemundo. “They have to go to vote, exercise their right to vote, and evaluate who has represented being a person who thinks about Puerto Ricans and their needs at the most difficult moment. It is Donald Trump.”
Vázquez reportedly was to participate in a campaign event with President Trump in central Florida on Friday, which was canceled following the president’s CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus (coronavirus) diagnosis.
While Puerto Ricans have U.S. citizenship and use the same currency, the island’s residents are ineligible to vote on the presidential elections. The island is still dealing with the national crisis caused by Hurricane Maria.
Last month, the Trump administration unveiled a $13 billion aid package to help “rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid system and spur recovery of the territory’s education system.”
The Biden campaign criticized the president’s aid package as “a desperate political stunt” to win over voters ahead of the November election.
“For the thousands of families who had to leave the island, for all those we’ve lost, for those who still struggle every day to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, it is three years too little and too late,” a Biden adviser said in a statement at the time.
The Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also revealed a plan to help Puerto Rico recover from a year of turmoil brought by the hurricane.
Biden affirmed that he would support the island’s statehood as Democrats are pushing for eliminating the filibuster and granting statehood to Washington, D.C, and Puerto Rico, which will presumably give them four more senators.
Vázquez, who supports Puerto Rico’s statehood, still endorsed President Trump despite his opposition.
“Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced’s endorsement is further proof of the enthusiasm that President Trump is generating among Boricuas and all Hispanics,” said Trump Victory spokeswoman Danielle Alvarez in a statement obtained by the Miami Herald.