Lin-Manuel Miranda calls out government over Puerto Rico response
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Lin-Manuel Miranda says the amount of government aid for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico pales in comparison to the help from ordinary citizens.

“If you look at my Twitter feed, it's kids breaking their piggy banks, it's employers matching employee donations, it's teenagers spending the weekend wrapping supplies to send. There's no shortage of compassion,” the creator of Broadway’s “Hamilton” writes in an op-ed published Tuesday for NBC News’ Think.

“There's no shortage of energy. We just need the government response to be commensurate to the energy of the American people,” Miranda says.

Hurricane Maria inflicted widespread damage and island-wide power outages when it struck the U.S. territory last month, leaving many without clean water.


Miranda, whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, writes, “And yet, the number of federal personnel in Puerto Rico is a fraction of those sent to deal with Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The number of dollars devoted to aid is a fraction of those devoted to Hurricane Harvey. We should at least see an equal response to those previous hurricanes.”

Miranda says artists such as Gloria Estefan and Rita Moreno agreed without hesitation to participate in “Almost Like Praying,” a benefit song for hurricane victims he released last week, but the same can’t be said of the U.S. government.

“It makes me cry to think about it, but that's been the telephone chain of help; all hands are on deck. I've seen the same from ordinary people, and people all over the world. If the U.S. government could replicate this spirit, we'd be much further along on the road to recovery,” he writes.

Saying there are “no shortage of tragedies in the world right now,” Miranda — a vocal critic of President Trump's response to the hurricane — pleads for the “3.5 more million American citizens in Puerto Rico that are rationing food and rationing water and rationing supplies in the United States of America.”

“Those are American citizens too,” he says, “They shouldn't have to be American citizens for you to care, but they are your fellow countrymen and they need your help.”

Trump, who visited Puerto Rico last week to meet with storm victims and distribute supplies, has bristled at the implication that he hasn’t done enough for the island’s residents.

“Nobody could have done without I’ve done for Puerto Rico with so little appreciation,” he tweeted on Sunday. “So much work!”