New York state senator Ruben Diaz Sr. had some strong words for his Democrat colleague, New York City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, as she grandstanded at a protest over Donald Trump’s remarks on temporarily halting Muslim immigration in America.

At the rally, Mark-Viverito called Trump a “disgusting racist” and claimed his words “fly directly in the face of everything that we stand for” as Americans.

Diaz, a Democrat himself who certainly holds little in the way of positive views towards Mr. Trump, blasted Mark-Viverito in a statement on his senate page. It was titled, Melissa Mark-Viverito is the WRONG Person to Teach American Values to Donald Trump.

Diaz said that he does not agree with Trump’s comments and that he has offended many with his plan, but argued that the Republican presidential candidate has the right to voice his opinion because it is America.

By contrast, he wrote that Mark-Viverito’s history shows “her hatred of the United States of America has been one of her strongest qualities.”

Diaz wrote:

We all know that Melissa Mark-Viverito refused to honor the American Flag during a 9-11 Anniversary Ceremony, where we were honoring the fallen victims of that terrorist attack. Everyone else at that event honored the American Flag by placing their hands over their hearts while the National Anthem was heard, expect for City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

It is also well known and well documented that Melissa Mark-Viverito is an Independentista, who professes her rejection of the United States of America’s presence in Puerto Rico.

Ladies and gentlemen, to me it is very hypocritical for someone who doesn’t even honor the American flag to try to teach Mr. Donald Trump about American values.

Here’s an image of Mark-Viverito at the 9/11 ceremony.


The New York Post wrote at the time:

There was only one dignitary at the 9/11 ceremony who didn’t place a hand on her heart during “The Star-Spangled Banner” — and it was the same person who once refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

It was Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the City Council.

The Council speaker has also suggested that the city revoke any business contracts they have with Trump, something mayor Bill de Blasio has also considered.