“It’s the definition of adding insult to injury.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda sat down with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes to talk about Puerto Rico and his new song, “Almost Like Praying,” which was created to raise funds for hurricane recovery efforts on the island. Miranda also discussed the Twitter rant he went on late last month, where he told President Trump that he was going straight to hell. Miranda says his tweets were impactful because it was a complete change in tone from the jovial, mild-mannered Miranda we usually see on social media. Miranda says the attack from Trump against the Puerto Rican people and the mayor of San Juan was just too much for him to take.
“I don’t talk like that,” said Miranda. “At the same time, I’ve never seen the president attack the victims of a natural disaster. I’ve never seen a president attack the elected officials on the front line of a disaster. What other words can you say in the face of this thing?”
Miranda went on to say that what he expects from the president and the federal government is, at least, the same response to Puerto Rico relief that we saw for Florida and Texas. Miranda lamented a recent study that found almost half of Americans don’t know that Puerto Ricans are American citizens. He was also skeptical of the Trump administration’s argument that relief efforts for Puerto Rico were so much more challenging logistically.
“The logistical challenges mean we need to be more ready when something [happens],” Miranda says. “Not, ‘We’re so surprised at how hard this is turning out to be.'”
Miranda has been doing everything he can to help Puerto Rico, including sharing this image of himself dressed as J.Lo.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 8, 2017
Miranda promised fans that if his charity Spotify playlist “For Puerto Rico Por Puerto Rico” reached 50,000 followers, he would post a photo of himself in J.Lo drag. Sure enough, Miranda proved to be a man of his words and gifted the world with the above photo of himself dressed as Lopez.
READ: After Calling Trump Out On His Response To Puerto Rico, Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Doing His Part To Send Relief
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