Devastation at the hands of Hurricane Maria has been plaguing Puerto Rico since last week. The Category 4 storm left nearly the entire island without power, 60 percent without water, and at least 16 people dead. “Make no mistake—this is a humanitarian disaster involving 3.4 million U.S. citizens,” Puerto Rico governor, Ricardo Rosselló, said Monday.
Most of the world has tried to alert someone who should already be in the know, President Donald Trump, of the realities of the catastrophe—including Barbadian princess Rihanna. She began tweeting at the president Tuesday (since we all know that’s his favorite form of communication). First, she tagged him in an Instagram post of a young girl from Puerto Rico speaking about the food and water still needed, urging whoever is watching to alert the media. Wednesday, she tagged him in another video in which San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz details the devastation. Then again this morning, writing: “Dear @realDonaldTrump I know you’ve probably already seen this, but I just wanted to make sure! Don’t let your people die like this.” Attached was an image of the front page of Wednesday’s Daily News.
Today, after almost a week of pressure, Trump finally managed to stop complaining about people taking a knee at football games to protest racial injustice for a minute (and only a minute) to do his actual job, which is to help the citizens of the country he’s currently running. It was announced that he authorized the Jones Act to be waived, that will allow supplies (food, medicine, clothing, and water) to reach Puerto Rico.
Thanks, Rihanna. Nothing but respect for our bad gal president.
If you want to help the people of Puerto Rico, here’s a good place to start.