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“These are the times that try men’s souls.”

President Trump has earned an express pass to the nether world, according to “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The playwright and songwriter said Trump, facing intense criticism for the federal response to Hurricane Maria, is “going straight to hell” after spending Saturday tweeting nearly hourly about media coverage of recovery efforts and accusing Puerto Rican officials of wanting “everything to be done for them.”

Miranda made the proclamation after the President, from the confines of his New Jersey golf resort, shared a snarky personal attack against the mayor of San Juan, accusing her of playing politics after a heartfelt plea for help.

At least 16 people have died in the U.S. territory in the harrowing 10 days since the Category 4 storm roared ashore.

Council Speaker Mark-Viverito says despair hitting Puerto Rico
Residents, left with no electricity, fuel, food and water, have been frustrated by the pace of relief efforts and critics have blamed Trump for the slow federal response.

“I’m a ticking time bomb on the verge of exploding,” said Adeline Vazquez, 53, who needs a ventilator for respiratory problems and whose building in the western city of Mayaguez does not have enough fuel to run a generator 24 hours a day.

More than half of the 3.4 million people who live on the island have no access to drinking water, and 95 percent remain without power, officials said. Many roads remain impassable, making it difficult to get food, water and fuel around the island.

“Kylie Jenner is pregnant!”


Yes, because of some young thot being pregnant is more important than Mexico being devastated by an earthquake on an anniversary of ANOTHER earthquake nearly 30 years later, and of course Mexico literally suffered a previous earthquake not more than two weeks ago.


Same shit for Puerto Rico, which is currently out of electricity (the whole island from what I heard) and like Mexico, got a double whammy of natural disasters when category 4 hurricane María ripped through the island not even a month after Irma Lair came through and electric slide on the entire Caribbean (except JM). Don’t let me get started on them casualties now! 🙄


Originally posted by doctorwhogeneration

nytimes.com
Puerto Rico: What Other Americans Should Know
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million Americans. Here are answers to questions you may have about the commonwealth.
By Maggie Astor

This would be a great time for the government to forgive Puerto Rico’s debt (which was primarily caused by – wait for it – Wall Street) and for Congress to make Puerto Rico a state.

You know what really pisses me off right now?

The fact that Donald Trump disrespected Carmen Yulín, who is trying every she can to help her people, and everybody else living on a destroyed island by saying they are lazy and saying that it should be a community effort.  Meanwhile, he has been shutting himself off from multiple countries by using racism (Mexico and Charlottesville), being prideful of his own knowledge no matter how flawed it is (Climate Change), has a short fuse and is ready to attack anybody whether they are already against him (North Korea) or trying to get his help.  And to top it off, he has mismanaged every single aspect of Congress and tries to cover up his mistakes by lying.  Community effort my ass.

Lin-Manuel Miranda On His Love Song For Puerto Rico And Unity In the Face of Insufficient Government Aid

Billboard: You’ve been quite vocal on social media regarding getting lack of aid to Puerto Rico, yet there is nothing political about this track. Why?

I don’t know that I agree with you. I wrote this song the day after the hurricane hit Puerto Rico. And one, we realized this storm was the worst storm to hit the island in modern history, and its name was Maria. And that’s the name of my favorite song from West Side Story.  So I thought, how can I flip that negative connotation into something [positive] for Puerto Rico?  

And the other thing that happened was in the wake of the hurricane, there was this terrible silence where we [Puerto Ricans who live off the island] just didn’t hear anything. The power grid was destroyed, there was no cell service. And what I saw most on Facebook or Twitter were my friends and my family listing the names of towns: “My godmother is in Hatillo; My uncle is in Isabela.” These towns that I know so well because our island is not that big. I thought I could work all 78 towns in Puerto Rico into the lyrics of this song and if we did our job right, these towns will never be forgotten again. It’s the shared ancestry. Whenever you meet somebody from Puerto Rico, you go, “De dónde eres? (Where are you from?) Your town is your identifier. I thought of lyrics that would unite us.

So, that was your political statement: We are all united by our little towns in this island?

Absolutely. And the diaspora – at this point, there are more Puerto Ricans living outside of Puerto Rico than in it – we are all descendants of these towns. That’s where we come from.  

What do you think of the government response to Puerto Rico? What could they have done differently?

Here’s the reality: This is an unprecedented disaster and that requires an unprecedented response. I’m hopeful. If you look at my Twitter feed you’ll see little kids breaking their piggy banks and donating to Puerto Rico. You’ll see companies matching donations from their employees. You’ll see teenagers packing supplies. I’ve been so overwhelmed by how giving the American people and people all over the world, have been. If the government could only match the response of its people towards our recovery, we’d be all right.  I think it’s been well documented that it’s been slow and it’s been insufficient commensurate to the challenge ahead.

Do you think the government’s relationship with Puerto Rico has changed with this administration, or is it the same as ever?  

I know this was the worst natural disaster in 100 years and we still received a fraction of the troops that Irma or Harvey received. Even though there are the additional challenges of being an island, [there’s] all the more reason to be prepared and have a response. Anything short of that is the humanitarian crisis you’re seeing.  

Do you feel there is a new pride in being Latin now and even second, third generation Latins are wearing that badge more proudly than before?

You’re talking to the wrong guy about that because there was never a moment in my life where that wasn’t a thing worth celebrating. There are two responses when you are coming to this country from another country. Assimilation or you put your bandera (your flag) around your neck and you get a whistle and go to the Puerto Rican day parade. My family was with bandera, always, even though I went to a school where I was one of the only Latino kids there. But I think that experience is very personal. I know Latinos who don’t speak a word of Spanish and could school me on Puerto Rican history. And I also know Latinos who speak fluent Spanish and couldn’t tell you the first thing. Every journey is personal.

Go to Billboard to read the rest of the interview on the Latinx influence on pop culture and the making of the song.

President Donald Trump met with local leaders and federal responders shortly after landing at an Air Force base in Carolina, Puerto Rico, for what was supposed to be a briefing on the situation on the island.

Instead, Trump turned it into an opportunity to congratulate himself and the federal government’s response to the disaster and to say the island should be “very proud” of its low official death count.

https://www.vox.com/2017/10/3/16411488/trump-remarks-puerto-rico

Please message me (messages, not asks) if you see anti-American and white supremacist comments on my posts about Puerto Rico and Trump so that I can block those users from this blog and get that shit out of the notes. No malicious, pernicious distractions or drains on our attention and energy here where we need to be focusing on uniting good people and saving lives.

Necessary clarification: I mean “anti-American” as in the one I already saw saying people–in this case, Lin–should leave the country if they don’t “like” the president. That old classic. Racism was baked into our founding but that idea sure as shit wasn’t, to put it mildly. The exact opposite, and that ideal and practice has been upheld for generations by admirable Americans to whom we are deeply indebted. That user’s statement is anti-everything-good-we-actually-ever-explicitly-started-being-and-somewhat-upheld-and-advanced as a country, so I consider that anti-American af in the only worthwhile sense of the epithet–notwithstanding that it’s a perennial American conservative attack on American dissenters and progressives, etc., go figure. You’re not doing it on my blog content, motherfuckers.

tl;dr direct message me about racists and Trumpism in the notes on my posts so I can block those *censored* cause we don’t fucking need that shit when we gotta be amplifying PoC and fucking saving lives

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Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

“What is failing here is the colonial experiment.” Puerto Rico is on the verge of bankruptcy and the people want to know how they got here.

okay so he is holding the flag of puerto rico so HE KNOWS what FLAGS REPRESENT so HE IS NOT AN IDIOT THAT JUST HOLDS FLAGS HE KNOWS THEY HAVE MEANING SO PLS STOP UNDERMINING WHENEVER THAT FLAG IS AN LGBTQ+ ONE THANKS