“Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, slammed President Trump’s response to the hurricane rescue and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, saying it was “the definition of adding insult to injury.”
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“I’ve never seen the president attack the victims of a natural disaster,” Miranda said in an appearance on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday. “I’ve never seen a president attack the elected officials on the front line of a disaster.”
“At the same time, it’s jaw-dropping,” Miranda said. “This has been an unprecedented disaster and it deserves an unprecedented response, or at least commiserate with the two other hurricanes that have also ravaged the United States of America.”
Last weekend, Trump launched a Twitter attack against San Juan, Puerto Rico mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz saying she had “poor leadership ability” and accusing Puerto Ricans of “wanting everything to be done for them” in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Miranda ripped Trump’s attacks on Twitter, telling him “you’re going straight to hell.”
“I don’t talk like that,” Miranda said about his pointed response. “Those weren’t impulsive tweets on my part, they were just all I had to offer.”
On Friday, Miranda and several other Hispanic artists released a new song to support Puerto Rico hurricane victims.