President-elect Donald Trump’s latest Twitter feud is with the “highly overrated” Hamilton cast, the Daily Mail is reporting.
The drama started Friday when VP-elect Mike Pence walked into the Richard Rodgers Theatre to watch the hit hip-hop musical, Hamilton. Boos from the audience drowned the few cheers that greeted the 57-year-old Republican as he attended the musical with his daughter and her cousins.
The show was disrupted by loud boos which made the VP-elect leave and later return when the lights went down. Pence is a pro-lifer and a strong opposition to gay rights. The governor of Indiana has tried to stop funding for HIV and AIDS treatment. One of his anti-LGBT views is that electric shock therapy can make gay men heterosexual. The fact that he was attending a musical with a multicultural and multiracial cast was an irony not lost to many.
The VP-elect ended up watching the whole show and as he got up to leave, a member of the cast, Brandon Dixon, implored him to remain and hear a message. Dixon, an African-American had hushed the audience, telling them there was no reason to boo, adding that the Hamilton cast only wanted to share a message of love and hope.
“Mike Pence, we welcome you here. We are the diverse Americans 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 alienable rights…we hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. We thank you for sharing this wonderful American story, told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”
The unconventional address went viral, and President-elect Trump quickly voiced his opinions on Twitter, accusing the audience of harassing the VP-elect and demanded an apology for “good man Mike Pence.” Dixon had responded to Trump’s clamor for an apology, saying “conversation is not harassment sir…and I appreciate Mike Pence for stopping to listen.”
Trump and Pence supporters had taken to the streets to protest the “harassment” of the VP-elect. On Saturday, the 70-year-old’s meetings had been filled with meetings with potential cabinet hopefuls, including an awkward meeting with Mitt Romney who called Trump a “phony, fraud and not very smart.”
On Sunday, while waiting for a meeting with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump had tweeted, slamming the Hamilton cast again and calling for an apology for his VP-elect, adding that from what he had heard the Broadway musical was all hype. He later deleted the tweet.
Pence has come out to say he was not offended by boos from the audience, saying that he told his daughter and cousins this is what “freedom sounds like.” When asked if he expected an apology, he deftly said “I would leave that to others whether that was the appropriate venue for that.”
Some celebrities have reacted to Mr. Trump’s demand that the Hamilton cast apologize to the VP-elect. Chrissy Teigen, who made her Twitter account public just to air her views, said that the president-elect was stirring up some controversy to distract people from his $25 million fraud lawsuit. The Sports Illustrated model, who is married to multiple Grammy award winner John Legend, described Trump as the “most conniving human on planet Earth.”
The musical show that President-elect Trump is saying is overrated is sold out until September 2017. The musical was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It tells the story of the first U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, an orphan and immigrant. The musical score is puffed up with gospel, serenading R&B and pop ballads which makes it a favorite for many people.
Miranda in a tweet had said he was proud of Dixon and the rest of the cast “for leading with love.” Miranda had played the leading role for years before relinquishing the part earlier this year to Javier Munoz, an openly gay and HIV-positive man. Miranda was a big supporter of the Clinton campaign, performing at a fundraiser last month.
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