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Public Protest Drives Puerto Rico’s Insulting Governor to Resign

People power has worked in Puerto Rico, where citizen protest has driven Governor Ricardo Rosselló to resign:

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation Wednesday days after demonstrators at the island’s largest protest in recent history called for his ouster over a scandal involving leaked private chats as well as corruption investigations and arrests.

…Crowds in the streets, which for nearly two weeks had been calling for the governor to step down, immediately erupted in joyous chants, cheering “Puerto Rico! Puerto Rico!”

“Ricky, te botamos!” (“Ricky, we threw you out!”) the jubilant crowd exclaimed after the governor’s announcement [Nicole Acevedo, Alex Johnson, and Gabe Gutierrez, “Embattled Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Resigns amid Public Outcry,” NBC News, 2019.07.24].

Public protest erupted over Rosselló’s sexist, homophobic, and offensive text messages to members of his inner circle. Had Rosselló stuck around, he faced impeachment for “illicitly using public resources and service for partisan purposes.”

Hmm… I can think of another prominent leader who makes insulting remarks from his office every day and uses public resources for partisan purposes. Perhaps instead of sitting around hyper-parsing the Mueller report and redundant testimony, it’s time to follow Puerto Rico’s model and fill the streets with our voices.


  1. Buckobear 2019-07-25 17:58

    As Molly Ivins once said: “It’s time for people to get in the streets and start banging on pots and pans.”
    The US could use a good General Strike.

  2. Debbo 2019-07-25 19:23

    The people of Puerto Rico are showing more class and courage than Paper Towel Tosser. I admire them, abhor him.

  3. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-07-25 19:54

    A strike. A general strike. Has anyone ever staged such a protest here nationwide?

  4. mike from iowa 2019-07-25 20:07

    Drumpf has no soul or conscience and can’t be shamed or humiliated. He would never resign and I’m guessing even after he loses the election he will attempt to stay on in the kremlin annex.

  5. jerry 2019-07-25 22:23

    The people in Puerto Rico are without roofs over the heads, their belly’s are not full of corn sweetner. Here, we are too damn busy working on the infrastructure jobs that old jelly roll promised us. Those guys in Puerto Rico are not even on the same pay scale as we are here, they’re poor folks…but they do have pride. Here, the Russians jury rig our elections (yep, even here in South Dakota), and yet we smile and accept treason.

    We have it to good here. Don’t believe me, go to a car dealership. You can get into a car, new or used, with good credit, bad credit or no credit. Nobody cares, you just drive off the lot and start making payments…or not. America, Change it or lose it.

  6. Buckobear 2019-07-26 13:13

    Cory —
    Not a “General Strike,” that is one where everything stops and no one works. There have been some that had national implications — Postal Workers and the Air Traffic Controllers and even Railroad workers in the 1800s.
    Maybe a day when no one buys anything ?? Imagine that.

  7. Debbo 2019-07-26 20:04

    Sandman, his family and school thought they’d scam the media for big bucks but the judge was not a trumpelstilskin.

  8. Debbo 2019-07-26 20:42

    How long will this be in the courts before action occurs? Still, it’s gratifying to see the word “impeachment” in an official, legal House doc. They are taking their obligation to the US Constitution seriously.

  9. jerry 2019-07-26 22:07

    This doesn’t depend on the court’s. The House starts the impeachment process and the Senate convicts.

    “During his press conference announcing the end of his investigation, Mueller pointed out that the Department of Justice believes “the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal-justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.” He was referring, without using the word, to impeachment—a process by which the U.S. House indicts, and the Senate convicts, a sitting president.”

    Very good article on this. I will tell you this, if the House moves to impeach with proof of all that we know the dude is guilty of, and the senate does nothing, there will be people in the street.

  10. Debbo 2019-07-26 23:02

    Jerry, I was referring to the subpoena request. Surely Rancid Racist will decline and the House will have to take it to court.

    As far as impeachment, I know how it works and fully support it for this greedy, treasonous traitor.

  11. jerry 2019-07-26 23:41

    That is the gist of it all. Continued stonewalling shows the only way is to start the impeachment inquiry. They have asked and asked and have been denied and denied. The impeachment inquiry will open those doors. For many, not soon enough, but there has to be a reason for the impeachment inquiry, and they are gonna do it.

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