Pence Attends "Hamilton," Controversy Ensues (link): Vice President-Elect Mike Pence decided to enjoy the spoils of office a little bit, taking in the hit Broadway show "Hamilton" on Friday from premium seats near the stage. The crowd booed Pence when he arrived, until being coaxed into stopping by the cast.
There were also Pence-directed boos at various points throughout the performance, such as when the line "Immigrants, we get the job done!" was delivered. At the conclusion of the performance, during the curtain call, cast member Brandon Dixon delivered a message to Pence on behalf of the cast that included this sentiment:
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. We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us.
Pence was clearly not pleased by the display, and on Saturday his boss leapt to his defense. Donald Trump took to Twitter to complain that:
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!
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!
This brings to mind a number of thoughts. To start, anyone who believed Donald Trump when he said he would be weaning himself off of Twitter was clearly delusional. Second, Trump may have attended many plays in his time, but he has a shaky grasp on how the theater works. The stage belongs to the performers, who are (largely) free to do with it as they please (just as audience members are free to leave).
This often includes material that is not "safe" (see, for example, "Raisin in the Sun" or "Hair" or "Rent"). Finally, if Trump is going to respond to every slight against himself or the members of his administration, he's going to have a very busy four years. Will this serve to endear him to his base? Or will it grow tiresome, even to them? Odds are good that we're going to find out.
Trump Wants ‘Hamilton’ To Apologize. Here’s The ACLU’s Viral Response (Occupy Democrats link): Donald Trump has demanded that the cast of Hamilton apologize to Mike Pence for politely asking that he represent all of America’s citizens, no matter their race, sexuality, or religion. That was interpreted as an attack by our hypersensitive president-elect, who railed against the actors and actresses in an unhinged Twitter rant.
The American Civil Liberties Union, however, had something to say about it.
Donald Trump, America’s abusive boyfriend, has made a shameful habit of bullying anyone who dares to speak against him. With schoolyard put-downs and flagrant lies, he successfully gaslit perceived rivals into submission during the election campaign.
But he will find that as president, he will have a much harder time squashing the voices of the millions of Americans who will rise up to oppose him and his primitive brand of ethno-nationalist fascism.
The First Amendment of the Constitution is one of the few things still held sacred in this country, and if he thinks he’s going to use to powers of his office to silence dissent, he will find himself impeached rather quickly.
His tirade against the Hamilton cast shows that he is disgracefully unfit to lead this nation, and for him to clutch his pearls in offense at their legitimate plea to Mike Pence is the height of hypocrisy. He is, after all, the man who insulted literally hundreds of different people, places, and things over the past year and a half.