Celebrities Slam Donald Trump For Criticizing San Juan Mayor Amid Puerto Rico Recovery

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Celebrities are slamming Donald Trump for criticizing the mayor of San Juan as Puerto Rico struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria. See stars’ reaction tweets below.

On Friday, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz blasted Trump and the federal government during a TV interview, and later a press conference, over the inadequate response to the devastating hurricane. She’s not the only one who has ripped the president in recent days, but he responded on Saturday morning by lashing out at her and the media. In a series of tweets, he accused the mayor herself of not doing enough and claimed the press wasn’t accurately showing how the government is aiding during the ongoing crisis.

“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. 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. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job. The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed,” Trump tweeted.

He went on, “Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to ‘get Trump.’ Not fair to FR or effort! I will be going to Puerto Rico on Tuesday with Melania. Will hopefully be able to stop at the U.S. Virgin Islands (people working hard). The Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R’s. Shame!”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has family in Puerto Rico, reacted with one of the harshest responses. He told 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.” He went on to say of Mayor Cruz, “She has been working 24/7. You have been GOLFING. You’re going straight to hell. Fastest golf cart you ever took.” And he asked Trump, “Did you tweet this one from the first hole, 18th hole, or the club? Anyway, it’s a lie. You’re a congenital liar.”

Miranda then told his followers, “I have been so moved by YOUR generosity since Maria. You deserve a leader who shares an OUNCE, a SHRED of the compassion you all have.” He added, “F***, I hate even quote tweeting his bile. My timeline feels dirty. But these are not ordinary times.” Josh Gad wrote, “As POTUS calls an island of people fighting 4 survival ‘lazy’ from his golf course, it’s a reminder that he’s either mentally ill or evil.” In regards to Trump claiming the people of Puerto Rico “want everything to be done for them,” Kumail Nanjiani argued, “He would never talk this way about a predominantly white community.” Dan Rather said, “I do not believe ‘blame the victim’ is what Americans expect of their president.” Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres told the mayor, “@CarmenYulinCruz I see you, I hear you, I love you. You’re a hero.”

“The US maintained a policy of disaster relief, for both territories/ non territories alike. Trump smashes that like a toy,” tweeted Alec Baldwin, who went on to say, “When Trump is convicted, I hope he serves his time in a prison in Puerto Rico.” He also insisted, “Impeach Trump Now.” George Takei observed, “In crisis, our true characters are revealed. Donald has shown his true self: narcissistic, petty, lacking in empathy, and failing to lead.” Sharing a photo of Cruz wading in waist-deep water in hopes of finding stranded survivors, the “Star Trek” star said, “The irony of Trump golfing and tweeting — saying the mayor of San Juan wants ‘everything to be done for them’ — it’s as thick as his skull.

Commenting on the same picture, Gabrielle Union declared, “What REAL leadership looks like.” Of Trump’s tweets, Katie Couric remarked, “Not what the poor people of PR need,” while Evan Rachel Wood asserted, “This is disgusting.” In response to the president saying locals aren’t helping the relief efforts, Don Cheadle replied, “When you’re putting for bogey and cheating on the scorecard this weekend maybe type in a quick 140 ch that can show them the way… #DIAGF.” John Legend stated, “Trump continues to dominate the sh*ttiest president ever competition.” Alyssa Milano said, “You’re incapable of compassion and empathy, @realDonaldTrump. It’s heartbreaking for humanity. And the entire world is watching you.”

“The disaster unfolding in Puerto Rico will be Trump’s Katrina. His lack of response, then tweets attacking Puerto Ricans will live in infamy,” Soledad O’Brien predicted. Ike Barinholtz told followers, “If you still support this person it is time to get off the train. He’s attacking his own people when they need him the most.” Rob Delaney replied to Trump, “You literally sent this from a golf course you fat bigot.” Patton Oswalt begged, “PRETTY PLEASE, with sugar on it, pause your golf game & go help dying people? There, all better? You goddamn infant.” And Zach Braff said, “If you have a pulse and an ounce of humanity you’d be handling the crisis in Puerto Rico better than Golfer Man.”

Lady Gaga told the president, “I this it’s clear where the ‘poor leadership’ lies @realDonaldTrump. Puerto Rico is part of the United States. This is our responsibility.” She went on to say, “Oh I see @realDonaldTrump you’re not helping PR because of the electoral votes u need to be re-elected #Florida=29 #Texas=38 #PuertoRico=0.” Mark Ruffalo wrote to the president, “It’s astounding with all your privilege and power your heart and compassion remain so stunted and impoverished. You lavish yourself and sneer at those in need. You could do so much better.” Hailey Baldwin also commented, “I woke up today and Trump is still a piece of garbage so, nothing’s new.”

Rose McGowan bluntly expressed, “Can other countries help Puerto Rico? F*ckface isn’t going to. He’s committing mass murder & it’s because he hates strong women & brown ppl.” George Lopez was similarly candid on Instagram, writing, “I cant imagine any human being seeing what this mother*cker is doing and being okay with it. Every day he finds new people to degrade, so today while this fat f*ck is golfing… He finds time between cheating on his scorecard to slander the Mayor of #puertorico and everyone on the island struggling to survive this hurricane… He says ‘the people of Puerto Rico want everything done for them.’ Inhumane… If anyone thinks this is presidential, you can go f*ck yourself too.”

Back on Twitter, Amber Tamblyn urged fans, “No matter who you are, please remember the actions of this President today when it comes time to vote in 2020. He needs to go. #PuertoRico.” John Cusack demanded, “Impeach this sick corrupted heartless man who worships nothing but money and himself.” In contrast, Rosie O’Donnell said of Mayor Cruz, “you are a true leader – you are inspiring – thank you for your strength and humanity – #SavePuertoRicoNow.” Anderson Cooper, who is in Puerto Rico, shared, “6 first responders have all expressed dismay to me today at lack of organization they have personally experienced. ‘It’s f***** up,’ was the most common description.”

“Donald Trump, the master of self-congratulation. His picture should be next to NARCISSIST in the dictionary,” Stephen King tweeted. Chris Evans noted, “A Trump Thread In A Time Of Crisis: -Narcissistic -Defensive -Insulting -Multiple references to himself in the third person.” Cher posted, “Trump attacks San Juan mayor. HES NEVER KNOWN HUNGER, THIRST, DIRT, NO PHONE, OR WATCH A SICK CHILD DIE 4 LACK Of MEDS.” And Joe Scarborough told Trump, “Poor leadership would be hiding at a country club golfing while fellow Americans are suffering and dying. She’s not doing that. You are.”

On Saturday afternoon, hours after his initial tweets, Trump changed his tune somewhat, posting, “Despite the Fake News Media in conjunction with the Dems, an amazing job is being done in Puerto Rico. Great people!” He later added, “The Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, is a great guy and leader who is really working hard. Thank you Ricky!” He also praised, “Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon of Puerto Rico has been wonderful to deal with and a great representative of the people. Thank you!”

Then a short time after that, Trump sent off more tweets, saying, “To the people of Puerto Rico: Do not believe the #FakeNews! #PRStrong. My Administration, Governor @RicardoRossello, and many others are working together to help the people of Puerto Rico in every way. #FakeNews critics are working overtime, but we’re getting great marks from the people that truly matter! We must all be united in offering assistance to everyone suffering in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the wake of this terrible disaster.” And then the president tweeted once more, “Results of recovery efforts will speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor. Doing everything we can to help great people of PR!”

Kim Kardashian responded, “They don’t have power to watch the news!!! Please stop tweeting & golfing while people are dying! Please step up & help!” And Jeffrey Wright similarly said, “To the people of the golf course: most people in Puerto Rico have no electricity. Y’know…no TV.” Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton told the mayor of San Juan, “Don’t let anyone make you feel alone. We are with you and Puerto Rico.”

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