Lin-Manuel Miranda is pretty sure he knows President Trump’s future residence. Clue: it’s somewhere hot. “You’re going to straight to hell,” the creator of the hit Broadway show, Hamilton, tweeted to President Trump. “…no long lines for you. Someone will say, ‘right this way, sir.'”
Miranda’s Twitter rebuke came on the heels of Trump’s response to the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital. Carmen Yulin Cruz appeared on television on , pleading for aid for the island, where Hurricane Maria left many of its 3.4 million citizens without water, food, or electricity. Although Trump did not name Ms. Cruz, he criticized Puerto Rico’s handling of the catastrophe in a series of tweets, faulting “poor leadership,” and stating that Puerto Rican residents “want everything to be done for them.”
Trump is no stranger to incendiary tweets, and Miranda has been an outspoken critic of the current U.S. administration since the 2016 election. He first drew a flurry of media attention last November, when one of the Hamilton actors addressed Vice President Pence at the end of a performance, stating “We, sir…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. Trump demanded an apology. He did not receive one.
The remarks to Vice President Pence sound positively genteel compared to Miranda’s current fiery rebuke of the President. In the span of five minutes, he told the President that he was headed straight to hell in two separate tweets, and then reminded everyone that Trump was attacking Puerto Ricans for asking for too much aid in the midst of a natural disaster while the President himself was on a luxury golf course.
Miranda’s invectives seemed to spur a series of particularly hard-hitting tweets from U.S. public figures, including Hilary Clinton, Lady Gaga, and Cher, who voiced their disapproval and disgust over the President’s reaction to the devastation in Puerto Rico. “Puerto Rico is part of the United States,” Lady Gaga reminded him.
Wherever President Trump may be headed in the future, it’s clear that influential U.S. politicians and celebrities aren’t afraid of turning up the heat in decrying his current decisions.