|Song title||'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda releases song for Puerto Rico: 'Almost Like Praying'|
|Tags||Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton, Almost Like Praying, GMA, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Luis Fonsi, John Leguizamo, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Ramos, Camila Cabello|
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda called President Donald Trump’s response to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico “without precedent.”
Miranda said it was Trump’s attacks on the people of Puerto Rico that prompted him to write an unprecedented tweet himself in which he said Trump is “going straight to hell.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda prepping song that is 'a love letter to Puerto Rico' to benefit hurricane relief
After Hurricane Maria, 95 percent of Puerto Rico still without power
“I’ve never seen a sitting president attack the victims of a natural disaster before,” Miranda said today on “Good Morning America." “That is without precedent so my words were without precedent.”
On Sept. 30 the president tweeted from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, that Puerto Ricans "want everything to be done for them."
"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump," Trump said in a series of tweets. "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort."
The majority of the island's residents were without food and water after Hurricane Maria.
Miranda, 37, whose family is from Puerto Rico, said he did not watch coverage of Trump's visit to the island this week.
"I waited to hear, 'Are we increasing aid? Are we increasing troops?'" Miranda said. "Short of that, I don’t need to see another photo op. I need action and I need people to help my island."
Two weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, only 5.4 percent of citizens on the island have electricity, while 12.1 percent have cell service, the Department of Defense said on Wednesday.
'Almost Like Praying'
Miranda has turned his anger into action by partnering with an all-star roster of musicians, including Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan and Marc Anthony, to release a song to benefit the people of Puerto Rico.
"We need more. We need action," Miranda said. "We need the government response to be equal to the response of the people."
He added, "I have never had more hope in the American people and people all over the world. If our government can step up to where the people we’ll be on the road to recovery a lot faster."
The song is inspired by "Maria" from the musical "West Side Story."
"I knew that name would forever have a different connotation on the island, and yet, I have a musical theater brain," Miranda said. "That’s where my head goes when I hear the name Maria ... The goal with this was to flip the meaning of the song to be about Puerto Rico."
The song's lyrics list all of the 78 towns of Puerto Rico.
"I said, ‘If we can get all 78 towns in the lyric for the song, the names will never be forgotten again,'" Miranda explained. "That was the impetus for writing the song."
'Moving mountains to make this happen'
Miranda described the breakneck pace at which he wrote, recorded and released the song in less than two weeks.
"Every artist made miracles happen," he said of song's contributors, who also include Camila Cabello, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Ramos, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, John Leguizamo and Rita Moreno, among others.