John Oliver and Lin-Manuel Miranda Explain Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

Here’s a clip from last night’s Last Week Tonight, where John Oliver breaks down Puerto Rico’s massive $70 billion debt and growing financial crisis that isn’t helped by the fact that the territory isn’t legally allowed to file for bankruptcy. “We need to stop treating Puerto Rico like it’s just a tax haven or a place to have terrifying sex with a stranger in a coconut mask,” Oliver says, “and instead we have to start treating it like an island of American citizens whose fate is interwoven with ours.” To illustrate his point, Oliver welcomes Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, who raps a heartfelt plea to the US government to send relief: “Paul Ryan, I’ll come sing Hamilton at your house. I’ll do-si-do with Pelosi, I’ll wear my Hamilton blouse. Your citizens are suffering, stop the bleeding, stop the loss. Help Puerto Rico, it’s just 100 miles across!”

John Oliver and Lin-Manuel Miranda Explain Puerto […]