Stars and Lawmakers Rebel After Trump Threatens to Cut Puerto Rico Aid: ‘You Have No Soul’
Donald Trump raised the ire of Hollywood and political figures alike on Thursday when he tweeted that he “cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” and suggested that the island of Puerto Rico itself is partly to blame for its current post-hurricane crisis.
“Selma” director Ava DuVernay tweeted a response to the president, telling him he has “no soul.”
“Your words echo of the evil that you are,” she wrote. “You may abandon these citizens without food, clean water and power, but we won’t.”
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“Dear Congress, people r dying,” tweeted “Beauty and the Beast” star Josh Gad. “Their blood will be on your hands. Americans are frightened because their leader is unhinged. Do something!”
And “Hamilton” star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted: “relief aid in the form of a LOAN is unacceptable. Congress, all eyes on you. Will you ease the suffering of your fellow citizens?”
As of this week, 84 percent of Puerto Rico is still without electricity and two-thirds of the cell phone towers are down, three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, according to the New York Times.
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Trump has blamed Puerto Rico for federal budget issues, and on Tuesday asked Congress for a $4.9 billion loan for aid, as Puerto Rico, in a debt crisis before the hurricanes of the late summer hit, may run out of money by the end of the month. This request comes after a $29 billion request for storm recovery.
The death toll on the island has risen to at least 44, and the EPA released a statement Wednesday that said “reports of residents obtaining or trying to obtain drinking water from wells at hazardous waste Superfund sites in Puerto Rico.” The agency also warned that until power is restored, raw sewage will continue to seep into Puerto Rico’s waterways.
In short, the island is still in deep crisis.
Members of Hollywood, as well as members of Congress and the Senate, among other public figures, demand more aid in response to Trump’s early morning tweet threatening to cut aid to Puerto Rico:
You have no soul. Your words echo of the evil that you are. You may abandon these citizens without food, clean water + power, but we won't. https://t.co/0cPYQltNuF
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 12, 2017
Dear Congress, people r dying. Their blood will be on your hands. Americans are frightened because their leader is unhinged. Do something! https://t.co/bkSrHx9S9D
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 12, 2017
This. Relief aid in the form of a LOAN is unacceptable. Congress, all eyes on you. Will you ease the suffering of your fellow citizens? https://t.co/kqOSfQXNhx
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 12, 2017
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Yes, we can. Because Puerto Rico is in America. Which makes FEMA, the Military, & the First Responders employees of Puerto Rico. ???? https://t.co/DCkHllctD1
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) October 12, 2017
Please read & if you're as appalled as I am about what's not happening for Puerto Rico, call your member of Congress, Senators & @WhiteHouse https://t.co/dZLcABGwkG
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) October 11, 2017
When the leader of our country turns his back on our citizens, we have truly lost our way. #PuertoRico
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) October 12, 2017
Step up & do your job, @realDonaldTrump. Stop lying about how well things are going in Puerto Rico. Stop trying to avoid responsibility.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 12, 2017
Puerto Rico is still facing a humanitarian crisis. @realDonaldTrump seems more worried about blaming hurricane victims than helping them.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 12, 2017
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It's truly sad to see @POTUS dismiss the suffering of Americans in #PuertoRico & #USVI. We must give more help, not less!
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) October 12, 2017
Puerto Ricans are Americans, and we don’t abandon each other. The federal government should stay in Puerto Rico as long as necessary.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) October 12, 2017
The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation.
— Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) October 12, 2017
He is still attacking Puerto Rico, where people are fighting for their lives. HE IS STILL ATTACKING PUERTO RICO.
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) October 12, 2017
Relief workers must remain in #PuertoRico as long as it takes to address crisis facing these American citizens https://t.co/XFOuggdEvp
— Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) October 12, 2017
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Source: The Wrap