Vice-president elect Mike Pence attended a performance of the Broadway hit Hamilton: An American Musical on Nov. 18, and the cast had some choice words for Donald Trump’s right-hand man.
Hollywood Life describes it as “a brave message.” Apparently one of the lead actors stepped forward after the show and spoke to Pence directly on behalf of the rest of the cast.
Pence was already leaving the theater when actor Brandon Dixon addressed him. Dixon asked the anti-Trump sections of the audience to stop booing before he made his comments. The actor also encouraged audience members to record the message and spread it on social media.
“Ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for joining us tonight. You know, we had a guest in the audience this evening. And 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. There’s nothing to boo here. Were all here sharing a story of love. We have a little message for you sir and you hope that you will hear us out. And I encourage everyone to pull out your phones and tweet and post because this message needs to be spread far and wide, OK?”
Dixon claimed to be speaking on behalf of “the American people,” according to the Hollywood Life report. This may be a reference to the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote while Donald Trump won the presidency due to the electoral college system.
Dixon said that the American people are “alarmed and anxious” about the Trump-Pence administration, and they are worried that the Trump government will not protect them.
His full comments are below.
“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 this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.”
Trump’s victory on November 8 sparked a series of calls to reform the electoral college, with commentators at the Detroit Free Press claiming that the system has “racist roots.” Commenters at the Los Angeles Timesclaimed that the original purpose of the system was to stop “someone like Donald Trump” from winning the presidency.
“Donald Trump had it pegged. The election was rigged. Hillary Clinton won the most votes. But Trump won the presidency.
“It was rigged 229 years ago by the Founding Fathers. They created a convoluted, undemocratic presidential election system that became known as the electoral college.”
USA Today reported that Bernie Sanders backed calls to reform the system following Trump’s victory.
Spectator argues that Trump opponents are hypocritical to demand that the system be changed now that it has led to a Trump victory. The writer points out that those leftists did not protest when the system led Barack Obama to victory.
Conservative Review argues that leftists and liberals are disrespecting the office of the presidency itself by circulating the #notmypresident hashtag.
“Ultimately, liberals on are reminding people, once again, just how hypocritical the Left is when they don’t get what they want.”
Breitbart reports that the hashtag #BoycottHamilton trended after Dixon made his remarks at the Hamilton performance. Trump supporters showed up with placards to protest the move by the cast. Trump fans called Dixon’s move “unacceptable.”
Trump himself has demanded that the cast of Hamilton apologize to Mike Pence.
The president-elect also sent out a tweet saying that the actors in Hamilton can’t even “memorize their lines,” but he quickly deleted it.
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