Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello did not appear prepared for the very difficult questions that he faced in a disastrous Fox News interview as hundreds of thousands are demanding his resignation.
Shepard Smith grilled the governor over the growing scandal from leaked texts that showed him making insulting and sexist jokes while the citizens of Puerto Rico suffered and died from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
“I’ve heard numerous Puerto Ricans say that you’ve disrespected them, that you have not led them properly, that you’ve made fun of them, that you’ve made light of them, that they can’t trust in your leadership,” said Smith.
“For example, you had 660,000 votes to be governor of Puerto Rico, by all estimates there are more than that on the streets of Puerto Rico today, demanding that you step down,” he added.
Rosello responded that he was not making light of the protests, but instead issued a list of proposals he was making to address the issues being raised about corruption.
“Mistakes are things that you do that you didn’t mean to do, or that you did by accident or in error, and then you go back and you correct them,” Smith said.
“900 pages of attacks on people of your own island are arguably not mistakes, they’re a pattern,” continued Smith. “And when you look at that pattern, if that were some other politician other than you, what would you say about that person? Would you want that person leading you after all that you said to those other officials that you have now dismissed summarily?”
Rossello answered that he would want his record, actions, and efforts to speak for themselves. He also said that he made large inroads to increasing LGBT awareness on Puerto Rico.
Smith asked Rossello if he wanted to apologize during the interview, but the governor instead stumbled through a list of people to to which he already apologized.
The segment was the first one-on-one interview since the beginning of the massive protests against his governorship. Rossello once again gave no indication that he was considering resigning despite the increasing pressure on his administration.
Here’s the full Fox News interview:
Shep Smith presses Puerto Rico’s Governor: Attacks on your own people are not mistakes