“I’m here today to stand with and show support for my fellow Americans in Puerto Rico in their stand against corruption, and against a government that has proven it is of, by and for the rich and powerful, leaving the people behind,” Gabbard said in a campaign statement.
Gabbard said the protests, which have lasted all week, are about more than “offensive language,” but about “rampant corruption within Puerto Rico’s government.” She urged her fellow 2020 candidates to come to the island “even if it’s just for a day, to show your support for the Puerto Rican people and their righteous cause.”
“Americans in Puerto Rico are holding Governor (Rosselló) accountable for his disgraceful comments (and) corruption,” Castro tweeted Friday morning. “I stand with the Puerto Ricans in the streets protesting for his resignation. Excessive force against them is not acceptable.”
While campaigning in Manchester, New Hampshire, Castro later told reporters that Rosselló “can no longer be effective and I believe that he should resign.”
Castro surveyed the island’s recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria in a visit to San Juan in January — his first as a declared 2020 candidate.
“I’ve been standing with the people of Puerto Rico in their protests against corruption and their governor’s behavior. The people have spoken — loud and clear: (Rosselló) should resign,” Warren tweeted.
The 2020 candidates are among the many politicians putting pressure on Rosselló to leave office.
Democratic New York Reps. Nydia Velázquez and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have joined the chorus of elected officials calling on Rosselló to exit his position. Velázquez was born in Puerto Rico and Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent.
“I’ve long advocated for the families of Puerto Rico. I’ve pledged to be their voice in the Senate. While I’ve been hesitant to weigh in too heavily on the internal political affairs of the island, it’s clear that the current leadership has lost the confidence of the people of PR,” Scott wrote.
Puerto Rico’s sole representative to Congress, Jenniffer González-Colón, told CNN’s Juan Carlos Lopez in an interview that she wants Rosselló to step down from leading the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico and as governor.
CNN’s Andrea Diaz, Annie Grayer, and Daniella Diaz contributed to this report.