Presidential candidate Castro, Lin-Manuel Miranda Latino Victory Fund meeting in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – The Latino Victory Fund, which seeks to promote Latino parity in U.S. politics, was holding a meeting in Puerto Rico Monday in which Julián Castro, who is running for president in 2020 under the Democratic Party, will be appearing.
About 36 Democratic lawmakers traveled to Puerto Rico to attend dual conventions held in San Juan by Bold PAC, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ (CHC) campaign arm, and the Latino Victory Fund (LVF). President Donald Trump tweeted a “Fox and Friends” headline Monday that read, “Dems in Puerto Rico as Shutdown hits day 24.”
During an opening speech, “Hamilton” star and writer Lin-Manuel Miranda praised a delegation of congressional Democrats for traveling to the island despite the criticism over their trip’s timing during the partial government shutdown.
“I’m very proud to work with the Latino Victory Fund because you’re here to work, despite what anyone might claim,” Miranda said.
He noted the U.S. territory needs the attention from members of Congress as numerous homes still have blue tarps as roofs.
“We brought ‘Hamilton’ here to bring a spotlight to Puerto Rico,” Miranda said, adding that Friday’s opening night in San Juan reignited his hopes for the future of the island. “I get more energy from Puerto Rico than I will ever need in my life.”
Miranda also recounted his experience in bringing his hit bRoadway show to the island. At times, he said he doubted he could do it after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria in 2017, which destroyed the island’s electrical and communications grids.
He said he was impressed by the efforts of the Puerto Rican people to live under difficult circumstances.
“You will not meet a more resilient people on the face of this Earth than the people who live on this island, but they shouldn’t have to be this resilient,” Miranda said.