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

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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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Queer Latina Tiffany Cabán Makes History in Queens With New York District Attorney Primary Win

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Queer Latina Tiffany Cabán Makes History in Queens With New York District Attorney Primary Win

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Tiffany Cabán, a queer Latina public defender, declared victory Tuesday night in a tight Democratic primary race for Queens district attorney.

“When we started this thing they said I was too young. They said I didn’t look like a district attorney,” Cabán, 31, said at her election-night party at a nightclub in Woodside, Queens. “They said we could not win, but we did, it y’all.”

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Cabán has currently received 39.6 percent of the vote, while the establishment’s favorite Melinda Katz garnered 38.3 percent. There are still 3,400 absentee ballots that need to be counted, which the Board of Elections said won’t be completed until next Wednesday.

Katz, who was endorsed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Queens Democratic Party chief Joe Crowley, who was ousted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) around this time last year, has refused to concede. She has also already made calls for a recount.

This has not stopped Cabán and her supporters from celebrating a victory.

“We’ve already won without knowing what the final tabulation is,” Maurice Mitchell, the national director of the Working Families Party, which backed Cabán, said. “We’ve already won. We’ve beaten the machine.”

Cabán, a democratic socialist, ran on a platform of “people-powered justice,” which included ending cash bail, not prosecuting subway turnstile jumping, prosecuting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, closing Rikers Island and decriminalizing sex work.

“I am a 31-year-old, queer Latina public defender whose parents grew up in the Woodside Housing projects,” she said during her Tuesday night speech. “And I decided to run. I ran because for too long, too many communities in Queens hadn’t had a fair shot in our criminal-justice system.”

The Puerto Rican public defender received endorsements from progressive leaders like Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Most recently, the New York Times also backed the candidate.

“She is of Puerto Rican descent and is the first in her family to graduate from college. She would bring a perspective suited to one of the world’s most diverse communities, one where elected officials have rarely reflected that reality,” the publication said in its endorsement of Cabán.

Cabán’s likely six-person primary win would have her succeed the deceased Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and shift the borough’s, city’s and country’s tough-on-crime, prosecutorial approach in the DAs office.

Read: In New York, Queer Latina Tiffany Cabán Wants To Bring ‘Genuine Justice’ To The Queens District Attorney’s Office

Bad Bunny And Ricky Martin Killed A ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill In Puerto Rico Furthering LGBTQ+ Rights In The Caribbean

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Bad Bunny And Ricky Martin Killed A ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill In Puerto Rico Furthering LGBTQ+ Rights In The Caribbean

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Governors in the U.S. have tried and failed multiple times to enshrine discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community by passing “religious freedom” bills. At the heart of these bills is the idea that someone’s religion is enough to discriminate against those of different faiths, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Puerto Rico tried to follow the same failed path as Indiana and the backlash was swift and victorious after Ricky Martin and Bad Bunny (Benito Martinez) spoke out against the bill forcing Governor Ricardo Rosselló to backtrack on his bill to discriminate.

In April, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló presented the Puerto Rican House of Representatives a “religious freedom” bill.

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The bill was months in the making and Gov. Rosselló showed his full support for the bill, House Bill 2069. The bill would have allowed for government employees to openly discriminate against people who went against their religious beliefs.

Ricky Martin spoke up against the measure and called out the Puerto Rican government and their willingness to legalize discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.

“While the world calls for equality, respect for diversity and the defense of human rights, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the Governor of Puerto Rico are pushing for a measure that goes against all of the above and it encourages division, prejudice, hatred and the lack of respect for individuality,” Martin wrote on his fan website. “It does so under a premise that undermines the constitutional protections against discrimination on the basis of race, sex or belief, and in its place, justifies an irrational protection of the religious convictions of government employees.”

“As a member of the LGBTT community, I join the constituency that affirms that there has never been a willingness among our LGBTT people to allow for the validation or legalization of discrimination against us.”

“House Bill 2069, filed at the request of Governor Ricardo Rosselló and promoted by Representative Charbonier, achieve nothing more than opening the doors to hatred towards anyone who doesn’t share the same ideology, who simply belong to the LGBTT community, or who don’t  have the same color skin, amidst many other discriminatory measures.”

“Authentic religious freedom calls for respecting everyone equally.”

Bad Bunny also used his platform to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community in Puerto Rico.

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“While we ‘bad guys’ do out to unite people and try to send a message of respect and tolerance, the leaders of my country work to do the opposite,” he wrote on Instagram. “We cannot take steps backwards, NEVER! @ricardorossello you make excellent coffee, I know that you can also make an excellent decision.”

Calle 13’s Residente joined his Puerto Rican peers to call out the Puerto Rican government’s wishes to strip LGBTQ+ people of their humanity with the law.

These calls against the action came during Pride month when the U.S. is supposed to be celebrating and uplifting the LGBTQ+ community, which still faces discrimination and violence.

After the outcry, Gov. Rosselló reversed his support for the bill and ordered the Puerto Rican House of Representatives to shelf the bill.

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“WE WON! The recent years, Western countries have made significant advances in guaranteeing equal right for the LGBTT community,” Martin tweeted.

Martin celebrated the decision by educating his followers about what the measure would mean for the LGBTQ+ community.

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“These advances were threatened recently in Puerto Rico, where the House fo Representatives passed legislation that endangered the progress won in the last decade and risked feeding the division, prejudice, and tensions between the communities.”

He did not sugar coat the true meaning behind the legislation.

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“By granting government employees the power to act in accordance with their religious convictions, personal values, and principles, this regressive legislation would have sanctioned the practice of institutional discrimination on the part of those who committed themselves to a life in public service.”

Congratulations, Ricky!

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It just goes to show that enough public outcry can make politicians listen to the majority instead of the vocal minority.

READ: After Delay Caused By Border Wall And Trump’s Feud with Puerto Rico, Congress Finally Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Aid Package

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