On Saturday President-elect Trump hit tweeter to criticize the cast of “Hamilton” for confronting the incoming vice president the night before.
“Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theatre by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing,” Trump tweeted. “This should not happen!”
Trump also made demands for an apology:
The Theatre must always be a safe and special place. The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
Actually it is up to debate just how rude the cast was to the Vice President-elect Mike Pence Friday night. As the Indiana governor took his seat for the critically acclaimed Broadway show, he was booed by the audience. The cast did wait until after the show to deliver their message.
“Vice President-elect Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us, just a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen,” actor Brandon Victor Dixon said.
Then he read a statement reportedly drafted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton,” with input from cast members. The statement highlighted the diversity of the show’s actors and their broad alarm about the Trump administration:
“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical’ — we really do. We sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us. Again, we truly thank you for sharing in this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”
After Trump’s tweets, Dixon disputed Trump’s claim that he had “harassed” Pence.
— Brandon Victor Dixon (@BrandonVDixon) November 19, 2016
Most of Pence’s defenders have focused their criticism at the audience who were booing the vice president elect rather than the cast. On Twitter, Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said that Pence “deserves respect a peaceful night out with his nephew and daughter.
We have free speech in our country – someone needs to remind Kellyanne Conway of that fact, as well as the fact that often respect needs to be earned. Don’t all of you have better things to do than to be on Twitter demanding apologies and respect.