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Lin-Manuel Miranda Calls Trump A Liar Following Tweet About Democrats Partying in Puerto Rico

The cast of “Hamilton” welcomed audiences in Puerto Rico on Friday, Jan. 11. The cast included Lin-Manuel Miranda as he reprised his title role that catapulted the actor to stardom. Theater critics called opening night an emotional performance as the people of Puerto Rico are still in recovery mode after Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in 2017. The opening of “Hamilton” also included some harsh words by the country’s leader.

President Donald Trump criticized Democratic lawmakers for attending the opening of “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico during the country’s record-breaking government shutdown.

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During an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, President Trump said that he was “working hard” in the White House while Democrats celebrated in Puerto Rico.

“Nancy Pelosi’s in Hawaii over the holidays…Now she’s in Puerto Rico with a bunch of Democrats and lobbyists enjoying the sun and partying down there,” Trump said on the show. Trump reiterated that point again during a press conference a couple days later in front of the White House.

“I’ve been here all weekend,” Trump said. “The Democrats are in Puerto Rico celebrating something. I don’t know, maybe celebrating the shutdown or something.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda responded to Trump by tweeting that he’s a compulsive liar a day after his partying claims.

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Miranda expressed why 36 Democratic lawmakers were invited to the opening weekend of “Hamilton” and said it was important for them to see Puerto Rico still needs help.

“I’m very proud to work with the Latino Victory Fund because you’re here to work, despite what anyone might claim,” Miranda said during a speech at the progressive organization’s summit, according to The Hill. “I know you all saw the blue tarps when your plane landed in Puerto Rico.” He also said, “We brought ‘Hamilton’ here to bring a spotlight to Puerto Rico.”

According to the publication, the blue tarps are temporary roof coverings that were provided to residents by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Proceeds from the Broadway show will go towards benefiting the Hispanic Federation, a Latino nonprofit, and Flamboyan Foundation, an educational program that helps children in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

This is not the first time Miranda and Trump have gone head-to-head.

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Miranda and the cast of “Hamilton” have never been fans of the Trump Administration. During a 2016 visit, soon after the presidential election, Vice President Pence attended a performance in New York City in which the the actors basically told him off.

“We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who played Vice President Aaron Burr, said after the performance. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

Trump didn’t like that Pence was called out. He responded to their words with this tweet: “The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior.”

During a press conference after opening night in Puerto Rico, Miranda said, according to the Washington Post, “I just love the island so much, and I just want it to be proud of me.”


READ: These Tweets Show The Impact Trump’s Government Shutdown Is Having On American Families

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Olympian Laurie Hernandez Is Back And Just Gave A Powerful “Hamilton” Inspired Performance

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Olympian Laurie Hernandez Is Back And Just Gave A Powerful “Hamilton” Inspired Performance

She’s back! After an almost five-year hiatus, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez made her big return to competition at Saturday’s 2021 Winter Cup meet with moves to remember — set to some pretty unforgettable music, too.

The 20-year-old gold and silver medalist hit the mat with a “Hamilton”-inspired floor routine.

Laurie Hernandez just gave a stunning floor routine at the 2021 Winter Cup.

Please welcome Laurie Hernandez back to the floor! After a four-and-a-half-year hiatus, the 20-year-old Olympian showed off her strength, proving, like Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote, she is inimitable and an original.

“My first priority [at Winter Cup] is to go in and hit clean routines and show that I can be consistent,” Hernandez told NBC News. “But my next one is to enjoy myself.” It sure looks like she accomplished her goal, with nonstop energy and a smile on her face throughout her entire choreography.

As “The Room Where It Happens” played in the background, Hernandez flipped and danced her way to a 12.05 score in the event, good for an 11th-place finish in the floor exercise.

And after the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup in Indianapolis wrapped up, the noted theater fan shared her routine on Twitter and asked for feedback from “Hamilton” creator Lin Manuel Miranda and actor Leslie Odom Jr. — who sang “The Room Where It Happens” as Aaron Burr in the original cast.

This weekend’s performance was her first since stealing hearts during the 2016 Rio games.

Hernandez was part of the Team USA “Final Five” squad that won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. But following those games she took a step back from competition, later revealing that former coach Maggie Haney was emotionally and verbally abusive toward her. The gymnast dealt with depression and eating disorders as a result.

Hernandez said it wasn’t until years later that she realized her love of the sport could be separated from the trauma she experienced. “I thought I hated gymnastics, and it wasn’t until mid-2018 I realized that it was the people that made the experience bad, not the sport itself,” she explained on Instagram.

Though she already has a gold medal from the team all-around and a silver medal from her 2016 individual performance on the beam, Hernandez is now ramping up for more challenging competitions over the next several months with the hopes of qualifying for the Olympics this summer. But with a crowded field vying against her for just four roster spots, securing a bid to Tokyo will undoubtedly be an uphill battle.

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

Sen. Ted Cruz has reached peak infamy with a piñata in his honor. People have been turned into piñatas over the years for both good and bad reasons. The Cruz piñata serves as a reminder of the senator’s attempt to flee the brutal Texas winter crisis.

A Texas party store is selling piñatas of Sen. Ted Cruz and people are into it.

Piñatas are always the centerpiece of a fun party and they are even more exciting when they are topical. One party shop in Texas is riding on the wave of local and national news criticizing Sen. Cruz to cash in.

Last week Sen. Cruz was caught boarding a United flight to Cancún, Mexico to escape the winter storm devastating Texas. As millions of Texans survived without water and power, the Cruz family booked a Mexican getaway to warmer weather and reliable electricity.

At first, Sen. Cruz tried to blame his daughters for fleeing Texas as his constituents suffered from the weather. He soon changed his story and claimed that he realized he had made a mistake as soon as he sat down on the plane waiting to depart from Houston.

Finally, after days of speculation, someone came forward and leaked text messages from Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Turns out, according to the texts, that the Cruz family was actively planning a vacation to avoid the snowstorm. According to the texts, the Cruz family was trying to convince neighbors and friends to join them so they can get out of their freezing house. The criticism amplified when it was reported that the Cruz family left the family dog behind as they fled to Mexico.

People are eager to get their hands on a Sen. Cruz piñata.

Families have been in quarantine for almost a year and they are hitting a wall. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is no surprise that people would want to have something to do together outdoors. Seems that a lot of people would like a piñata party to celebrate the bad weather slowly moving out.

There are even some people asking for different people made as piñatas.

You never know unless you ask, right? Never hurts to try to make your own request to better your birthday. It seems that the party store is able to make various different piñatas. The party store made a piñata after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ famous mitten moment at President Biden’s inauguration.

READ: Sen. Ted Cruz Makes Quick U-Turn From Mexico After Outrage He Abandoned His Frozen Texas

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