‘Hamilton’ creator sends sharp message to Trump about Hurricane Maria


A popular Broadway playwright is urging President Donald J. Trump to get aid to Puerto Rico. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, sent a Twitter warning to the president, saying he needs to act fast or he’ll be responsible for “a lot of death.”

Hurricanes Irma and Maria inflicted massive destruction on the island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. The widespread damage caused around 20 deaths, a large-scale evacuation, and island-wide power outages. An additional 3-million American lives may be at risk, according to The Hill.

Miranda, who has more than 1.6 million followers, sent out a Sunday tweet saying the devastation has prompted him to reach out to other Puerto Rican entertainers to raise money for hurricane relief efforts.

He tweeted: “Emailing and texting every famous Puerto Rican singer I know and several I don’t. Y’know, like ya do in a crisis.” In a follow-up tweet, he indicated that he’s received “a ton of YES from your heroes in my inbox this morning. Such unity. So proud. Stay tuned.” (See tweets below.)

On Monday, Miranda tweeted another message about Puerto Rico, this time aimed at President Trump. He wrote: “Hey [President Trump] you can’t wait that long. There will be a lot of American deaths on your watch if you wait that long.”

Miranda’s tweet was a response to a Huffington Post reporter, who tweeted: “Senior Hill aide says WH expected to send disaster aid request to Congress in 1st/2nd week of Oct for Puerto Rico. That gets ball rolling.”

On Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Congress is working with the Trump administration “to ensure necessary resources get to the U.S. territory.”

“The stories and images coming out of Puerto Rico are devastating,” Ryan said. “Our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico remain in our prayers as we make sure they have what they need.”

Miranda supported twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for president in the 2016 election. He reported finding the election results “disappointing,” yet he said he was convicted to continue fighting for the causes he believes in, including Planned Parenthood and LGBT rights.

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