Vice-President Elect Mike Pence attended a performance of the hit Broadway play “Hamilton,” and the cast took the opportunity to lecture him on politics.
The media is trying to report the incident as the crowd was overly hostile to Pence, but video of his arrival at the play shows the crowd was mostly respectful, while a minority was loudly booing. The cast, however, was totally disrespectful, taking time during the curtain call to lecture Pence in front of everyone.
At a performance of the Broadway smash Hamilton, Pence was booed (with some cheers mixed in) before the show started. While the cast performed the hip-hop musical about the Founding Fathers, debate raged on the internet about the etiquette behind booing the vice president-elect.
But as they say in the theater world — the show must go on, and it did. According to reports from inside the theater, the audience cheered loudly at the lyrics “Immigrants, we get the job done!” and during the song “What Comes Next,” sung by a character playing King George. The lyrics include the line, “It’s much harder when it’s all your call.”
At the end of the show, star Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who plays Vice President Aaron Burr, read a statement to the vice president-elect, thanking him for attending, but noting “we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us.”
“We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us,” Dixon concluded.
Here is video of the lecture.
After the performance, Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize the rude behavior of the cast and demand an apology.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
It should be noted that Pence wasn’t even in his seat when the lecture was delivered. The cast delivered their lecture to an empty seat. They were more concerned about throwing a fit and making a scene.
Perhaps the greatest irony is this: Alexander Hamilton, the hero of the Broadway play these people star in, wrote Federalist Paper #68, which established the Electoral College concept. Hamilton created the very mechanism that gave Donald Trump the Presidency. That’s awkward.
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