While ordinary Puerto Ricans were struggling to recover from Hurricane María, Governor Ricardo Rosselló was conspiring to hide the extent of the devastation and joking about killing political rivals in a Telegram chat. Now, those messages are all public — and the Puerto Rican people are ready for an alternative.
Fernando Tormos-Aponte is a Scholars Strategy Network postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri–St Louis. He is from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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