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Celebrities aren’t above Twitter beef. Rihanna has been throwing shade at President Donald Trump the last few days because of his reaction to Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico.
It has been eight days since the powerful Category 4 storm hit the island and left more than 3 million people devastated and without power. Since then, Trump has yet to visit the island and has received criticism for his, and the U.S. government’s, lack of response to this tragedy.
On Tuesday, Rihanna tweeted at the president, with a link to an Instagram post about Puerto Rico’s desperate need for basic necessities, like food and water.
Later that same day, Rihanna tweeted at Trump again, directing him to another video that detailed the crisis in Puerto Rico and the severity of the situation.
The singer tweeted at the president for a third time early Thursday, asking him to not let his people die. The tweet had a photo of a Daily News cover that said “No food, no water, no power, no medical car for the dying… Puerto Rico needs more help, Mr. President.” The title of this cover: American Tragedy.
A couple of hours later, Riri sprinkled her final drop of shade by quoting a CNN breaking news article about the five former living U.S. presidents working to expand hurricane relief to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Although Trump has not responded directly to Rihanna, he has tweeted and made comments about Puerto Rico. On Tuesday, he tweeted a video saying, “I’d like to take a moment to send America’s hearts and prayers to the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Both have been devastated– and I mean absolutely devastated– by Hurricane Maria and we are doing everything in our power to help the hard hit people of both places. Massive effort is underway.”
The electric power grid in Puerto Rico is totally shot. Large numbers of generators are now on Island. Food and water on site.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2017
Brianna Stone is a reporter and digital producer. Her work has been published by the Austin American-Statesman, the Daily Dot, and USA Today.