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During a Friday appearance on CBS This Morning, Lin-Manuel Miranda addressed the headlines he made recently when he attacked President Trump on Twitter, declaring the president will go “straight to hell,” for his controversial response to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
“I’ve never seen the president of the United States attack the victims of a natural disaster before,” the Hamilton star said. “That has no precedent for me, so those words coming out of me also have no precedent.”
The statement came after Trump tweeted multiple messages condemning the people of Puerto Rico for wanting everything to be done for them after Hurricane Maria caused substantial damage to the area and the administration was slow to respond with aid.
Trump’s remarks angered Miranda, who immediately responded with his own attack on the president.
“You’re going straight to hell @realDonaldTrump. No long lines for you. Someone will say, ‘Right this way, sir.’ They’ll clear a path” Miranda wrote.
After sparking headlines and garnering attention, Miranda assured people that while the comment was out of character from his normal twitter feed, it wasn’t “impulsive.”
“I wish I could tell you that was an impulsive tweet,” Miranda explained. “The only reason this made news is because normally my Twitter feed is filled with dog videos and dad jokes and audio snippets of my son making up songs.”
Normally feeling as if he’s a “silver linings department” on Twitter, Miranda has taken a stance to fight for a government that embodies the American spirit.
“I’ve never had more faith in the American people and people all over the world. What we need is a government response commensurate of the spirit of the American people,” Miranda argued. “This has been an unprecedented disaster that requires a precedence response. That’s what we need.”
Working to help Puerto Rico as much as he can, Miranda released a new original song Friday, “Almost Like Praying,” to raise awareness and money for Puerto Rican hurricane relief.
The song features Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Camila Cabello, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, John Leguizamo and Rita Moreno. All proceeds from the download and stream go to The Hispanic Federation’s disaster relief fund.
The charity song borrows from “Maria,” the classic song from Leonard Bernstein’s and Stephen Sondheim’s renowned musical West Side Story and the same name as Puerto Rico’s disastrous hurricane.
“Maria will always have a different connotation for me now,” Miranda said.
Miranda recorded the song in 72 hours and traveled to studios in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles in order to connect with the featured music stars. Apart from creating a song to aid in relief efforts, Miranda wanted to make something that would truly convey the spirit of Puerto Rico.
“If I can manage to put all 78 towns into a lyric for this song, that’s something we could all get up on. When you meet another Puerto Rican, the first thing you say is, ‘Where’s your family from?’ You say the name of your town. I wanted to honor all of them.”
Watch the interview and music video below.
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