President-elect Donald Trump tweeted a
demand that a Hamilton cast member apologize to Mike Pence
after he addressed him from the stage during a performance on Friday.
Vice-president elect Mike Pence
received a loud chorus of boos from the audience when he made a
surprise appearance to watch the Broadway musical.
At the show's conclusion, cast members
locked hands and Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the
play, addressed Pence.
“Vice-president elect Mike Pence, we
welcome you and truly thank you for joining us at Hamilton
American Musical,” Dixon is quoted as saying by USA Today.
“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 that this show has inspired you to uphold our
American values and to work on behalf of all of us. We truly thank
you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a
diverse group of men, women of different colors, creeds and
Trump demanded an apology in a tweet,
saying that Pence had been “harassed.”
“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 messaged on
“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!” he added in a
The incident quickly became cable news
On CNN's Tonight, host Don
Lemon, who is openly gay, pointed out that the show's lead is played
by an openly gay, openly HIV man: Javier Muñoz.
star Javier Muñoz happy to be positive example of an HIV-positive
When panelist Kayleigh McEnany came to
Pence's defense, Lemon shot back.
“Mike Pence loves all people and
President-elect Donald Trump has already said he's not going to roll
back legislation …,” McEnany started.
“Mike Pence does not love gay
interrupted. “His record shows that he does not love gay