Trump: Pence ‘Harassed’ By ‘Hamilton’ Cast

WASHINGTON (CNN) — ┬áPresident-elect Donald Trump accused the “Hamilton” cast Saturday of harassing Vice president-elect Mike Pence at a performance Friday evening after the actors called on Pence to “uphold our American values.”

“Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen!” Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

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He followed up: “The Theater 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!”

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Cast member Brandon Dixon, who portrays Aaron Burr and delivered the statement to Pence during a curtain call, soon replied on Twitter, “@realDonaldTrump conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @mike_pence for stopping to listen.”

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Pence became part of the show Friday when he attended a performance of “Hamilton” in New York and was directly addressed by the cast.

Word spread on social media that Pence was in the house for the hit Broadway show, and during the curtain call, Dixon urged Pence to “work on behalf of all of us.”

“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We really do,” Dixon said.

“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 this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”

Dixon, who urged the audience not to boo Pence, said the show was performed by “a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”

The crowd loudly cheered and applauded Dixon’s remarks.

Sam Rudy, a publicist for “Hamilton,” said Pence was exiting the theater at the time and stopped to listen to Dixon.

Rudy described Dixon’s remarks as a “polite request” and said he can “see no way whatsoever how the cast of ‘Hamilton’ can be seen as being rude.”

“I don’t know what (Trump) qualifies as harassment,” Rudy added.

Messages left with Pence representatives were not returned.

Pence, who has been in New York to assist with Trump’s transition, was greeted inside the theater earlier in the night by a chorus of boos, though some applauded.

Despite Trump’s harsh rebuke of the confrontation, Dixon’s rhetoric was not dissimilar to remarks Trump himself has made in the past about uniting the country.

“I’m asking America to join me in dreaming big and bold, and dream for wonderful things in our future.

Let’s close the history books on the failures in Washington and let’s open a new chapter of success and prosperity for all of our people. We have a divided nation, a seriously divided nation.

All of our people — that is how we will truly make American great again,” Trump said in Washington last month.

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is no stranger to politics, having backed Hillary Clinton during this year’s election cycle.

In addition to endorsing Clinton, Miranda held a benefit showing of the musical in July, where admission to the show supported the Clinton campaign — some tickets reportedly went for as much as $10,000.

5 comments

  • Benny Hill

    Liberal hypocrisy runs rampant in this story. Where do we start? How about the irony of a Black actor portraying a White Aaron Burr (noteworthy because these hypocrites put out a casting call early on for “non-Whites only”. How’s that for diversity?)? The liberal media and its goons have been crying about the Electoral College for over a week. Funny thing is Alexander Hamilton is responsible for how we elect the president under this system. Let’s see…what else? Crooked Hillary attended a show several weeks ago – no lectures from the cast about how she accepted millions of dollars from countries who execute gays and treat women like property and was for most of her life pro traditional marriage between man and woman until it was politically expedient to change her mind. How about Obamy? His views on traditional marriage were held until well into his first term. He attended Broadway shows without protest. The fake news media (CNN, 5 “News”, Tribune, NBC, etc) won’t acknowledge any of this or other evidence of widespread hypocrisy.

  • Randy Ingle

    Pence taking his wife out for an enjoyable evening he is not yet Vice President so I find the boos very rude. But then it is New York which has a reputation of being rude people.

  • 9876truth

    A grown man should be able to handle a diverse opinion and respect that opinion. Pence will never go through what you folks put PBO through. Remember the Greenwood Rodeo? Sick.

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