‘Don’t let your people die like this’
Rihanna has urged the U.S president to do his actual duty and support the people of Puerto Rico, who suffer in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
“Dear @RealDonaldTrump, I know you’ve probably already seen this, but I want to make sure!” she tweeted on Thursday (September 28), adding the front page of the New York Daily News cover asking him for help. “Don’t let your people die like this,” she added.
Rhi retweeted a slew of stories that illustrate the massive struggle people in Puerto Rico are going through. Meanwhile, Trump has been busy frothing at the mouth over the National Anthem and NFL players taking a knee.
“Take a Bow,” the “Wild Thoughts” singer tweeted with a link to an article detailing five former U.S presidents and the aid work they were doing for Puerto Rico. “Round of APPLAUSE to these gentlemen for taking control of this devastating situation!!! #CaribbeanGirl #OneLove.”
She’s been very vocal previously in criticising Trump, as the Washington Post reports, back in January she related her anger over the refugee ban. Rihanna, a dedicated activist and philanthropist with her own Clara Lionel Foundation tweeted: “Disgusted! The news is devastating! America is being ruined right before our eyes! What an immoral pig you have to be to implement such BS!!”
Cardi B similarly took the Twitter earlier in the week to draw attention to the crisis and criticise Donald Trump’s lack of urgency. She’s tweeted that the strip club she used to work has donated a large amount of clothes, food and water, and shared support for JAY-Z’s TIDAL campaign ‘Rebuild Puerto Rico’, which hopes to fill and send cargo planes with supplies to the island.
Jennifer Lopez also made a donation of £1m to help victims and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has devoted hours to relief work. Pitbull sent a private plane to the island to transport cancer patients to the mainland to continue chemotherapy and treatment.
Beyoncé has released a remix of “Mi Gente” with reggaeton artist J Balvin and DJ Willy William, with proceeds going to Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean for hurricane relief work and those displaced.
Approximately three million people are thought to be affected by the hurricane that authorities are calling ‘apocalyptic’.