By now you’ve surely heard that Mike Pence and some family members attended a performance of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” over the weekend. Pence was greeted with some boos and some cheers, but mostly boos. The cast of the show took the chance to issue the following statement as Pence was exited the theater:
“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 to further applause. “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. Again, we truly thank you truly for seeing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”
That is respectful and unoffensive enough, right? A group of artists asking that the Vice-President uphold American values? What could be wrong with that? Mike Pence said he wasn’t offended and that he greatly enjoyed the show.
Pence’s boss, however, is taking a much a different approach to the whole situation, as seen in his Tweets from early Saturday morning:
There are so many things wrong with Trump’s reaction, we don’t even know where to start. Artists using their platform to engage in political/social discourse is a cornerstone of democracy. The fact that the cast of “Hamilton” did it so kindly and respectfully makes Trump’s critique and use of the word “harassed” all the more puzzling, not to mention again that Pence himself didn’t find it offensive.
It’s ironic that Trump is crying about “safe” places now, after his supporters have been attacking and bullying and harassing most anyone who mentioned being upset and needing a safe space during and after the election.
Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who read the statement to Pence from the stage, responded to Trump’s tweet:
Donald Trump hasn’t even taken office yet and he’s already assaulting freedoms left and right. This is an assault on freedom of speech. His feud with the New York Times is an assault on freedom of the press. The whole Muslim registry conversation is an assault on freedom of religion.
Was anyone foolish enough to think that Trump’s skin would get thicker after the election?