Lin-Manuel Miranda defends San Juan mayor, urges fans to support Puerto Rico relief

Lin-Manuel Miranda was quick to defend San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz after President Donald Trump criticized her leadership early Saturday morning. The Pulitzer Prize winner had some harsh words for the President, writing on Twitter: “You’re going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump. No long lines for you. Someone will say, ‘Right this way, sir.’ They’ll clear a path.”


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President Trump criticized San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz in the wake of Hurricane Maria Photo: Getty Images

The 37-year-old Hamilton creator, who has family in Puerto Rico, made a point to stand up for Carmen. He tweeted: “She has been working 24/7. You have been GOLFING. You’re going straight to hell. Fastest golf cart you ever took.” Minutes later he continued: “Did you tweet this one from the first hole, 18th hole, or the club? Anyway, it’s a lie. You’re a congenital liar.” The talent also added a link to the Hispanic Federation website, where people can give to help Puerto Rico in this dire time.

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Lin was responding to a series of Donald’s tweets from earlier that morning. He had fired off messages claiming there is “such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help” in regards to Hurricane Maria relief efforts. “They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” the 71-year-old wrote. “10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”


Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria on September 20 Photo: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images

The TONY-winning talent isn’t the only star urging for fans to support Puerto Rico relief funds. Jennifer Lopez, who recently located her family in the devastated country, pledged one million dollars to the efforts. The superstar also teamed up with her ex-husband Marc Anthony to form the "Somos Una Voz" relief alliance, the name of which translates to "we are one voice." Celebrities like Pitbull, Ed Sheeran, Ricky Martin, Bruno Mars and Alex Rodriguez have all joined the cause.

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Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico on September 20, spinning out ferocious 155-mph winds that ripped trees from the ground, tore roofs from buildings, and flooded streets, turning them into raging rivers. Marking the most powerful storm of its kind to hit the island since 1932, the major Hurricane has left millions homeless.

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