Vice-president-elect Mike Pence is currently heading Donald Trump’s transition team, following a Stalin-esque purge that ousted Chris Christie and all of Christie’s people. While I basically loathe everything about Pence’s political views, even I don’t envy the tight-rope on which he’s currently walking, between Trump, Trump loyalists, Trump’s family, the Christie faction, Paul Ryan, Establishment Republicans and anti-establishment Republicans. So, Pence decided to take a break from it all on Friday night. He attended that musical he’s heard so much about, something about one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. I’m assuming that was what Pence heard, that Hamilton is about the Founding Fathers and everyone thinks the musical is great. I’m assuming he walked in to the theater not realizing that he was stepping into a sh-tstorm. But step into it he did.
First off, when Pence walked to his seat, he was being booed and cheered by the audience. There were more boos than cheers, and reportedly the boos went on and on for a while before the show started. Still, Pence sat through the whole musical and when it ended, he got up to make a hasty retreat, probably hoping to avoid being booed yet again. Little did he know that when the Hamilton cast did their curtain call, actor Brandon Victor Dixon (currently playing VP Aaron Burr) would ask Pence to remain for a moment so he could hear their message. Dixon then told Pence:
“Vice-president elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us 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 … or uphold our inalienable rights, sir. We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us. We truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”
Here’s the video:
To his credit, Pence stayed and listened to what Dixon said, then Pence left to a chorus of boos (again) from the audience. I personally think that was the best way that whole situation could have gone down – the audience members were enjoying their free speech, and Pence got to see an amazing musical (which is his right too) and he also had the respect for the cast to stick around to hear their message. As I said, Pence has terrible politics, but I can’t find fault in his reaction to this situation at all. Of course, once word got out about Pence’s presence at Hamilton, everyone was trolling him on Twitter. But again, that’s free speech. Not according to Donald Trump though, who just had to tweet about it:
WTF? Pence wasn’t “harassed,” he was booed in a public place… for good reason, because he’s an anti-gay, anti-woman nutjob. And “apologize!” FOR WHAT? For booing a cisgender hetero white man in Trump’s America? Yeah, that’s about the long and short of it. Brandon Victor Dixon responded to Trump’s tweets with this:
Yep. I also appreciate that Pence stopped and listened – that showed that at least he had enough respect to feign interest. And notice Pence hasn’t said anything about this incident too.
After Trump tweeted that, the Deplorables started the #BoycottHamilton hashtag, because they’re really dumb. The musical is sold out for months, if not years. It’s like people living in trailer parks trying to “boycott” Hermes Birkin bags.
Photos courtesy of WENN.