Trump starts Twit­ter war with thes­pi­ans

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PRES­I­DENT-ELECT Don­ald Trump de­manded an apol­ogy on Novem­ber 19 from cast mem­bers of the Broad­way hit Hamil­ton af­ter his VP-elect was booed at a per­for­mance and told the new ad­min­is­tra­tion must re­spect Amer­ica’s racial, cul­tural and so­cial di­ver­sity. Trump com­plained the cast had been rude to Mike Pence and ha­rassed him dur­ing the late Fri­day per­for­mance. “This should not hap­pen!” Trump tweeted. “Apol­o­gize!”

On Twit­ter, #Boy­cottHamil­ton was quickly the top trend­ing hash­tag.

Crit­ics tak­ing part in the on­line de­bate said the cast were ar­ro­gant “lib­er­als” who had no right to in­sult the VP, for in­stance. De­fend­ers ridiculed the idea of boy­cotting the show, not­ing it is sold out for months.

The wildly pop­u­lar hit mu­si­cal, which won 11 Tony Awards in June, fol­lows young colo­nial rebels who be­came Amer­ica’s found­ing fa­thers, cel­e­brat­ing di­ver­sity and im­mi­grants’ con­tri­bu­tion to the na­tion.

The show’s lead ac­tor, Javier Munoz, is openly gay, HIV pos­i­tive and a cancer sur­vivor. Among other con­cerns, ac­tivists worry that the Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion will be hos­tile to gay rights.

Bran­don Vic­tor Dixon, who plays vice pres­i­dent Aaron Burr, read a state­ment to Pence dur­ing the cur­tain call that echoed some of the main con­cerns crit­ics have voiced since the Repub­li­can fire­brand won the elec­tion on Novem­ber 8.

With that, a per­for­mance about a rev­o­lu­tion and the dawn of a young na­tion be­came even more po­lit­i­cal.

Pence is a stal­wart Chris­tian con­ser­va­tive from the Mid­west.

Thank­ing him for at­tend­ing the per­for­mance, Dixon asked him to “hear us out”. “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,” Dixon said. “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.” Hamil­ton, Dixon told Pence, was per­formed by “a di­verse group of men, women of dif­fer­ent col­ors, creeds and ori­en­ta­tions”. The au­di­ence cheered and loudly ap­plauded.

The crowd had greeted Pence with a mix of boos and cheers when he en­tered the theatre be­fore the show.

Dur­ing the per­for­mance, the au­di­ence gave a stand­ing ova­tion at the line “im­mi­grants, we get the job done”, the­atre­goer Christy Col­burn tweeted.

“Crowd went NUTS at King Ge­orge’s lines ‘when peo­ple say they hate you’ & ‘do you know how hard it is to lead?’ He had to stop the song.” Al­though Pence was leav­ing the au­di­to­rium when Dixon be­gan read­ing his state­ment from the stage, he stood by the en­trance to hear the en­tire mes­sage, the New York Times re­ported. He made no com­ment.

Trump com­plained about it all in a tweet the next morn­ing. “Our won­der­ful fu­ture V.P. Mike Pence was ha­rassed last night at the the­ater by the cast of Hamil­ton, cam­eras blaz­ing,” he wrote. “This should not hap­pen!” “The The­ater must al­ways be a safe and spe­cial place,” he added in an­other mes­sage. “The cast of Hamil­ton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apol­o­gize!”

Dixon re­sponded by tweet­ing, “con­ver­sa­tion is not ha­rass­ment sir. And I ap­pre­ci­ate @mikepence for stop­ping to lis­ten.” Trump has de­ployed po­lar­is­ing rhetoric to de­scribe im­mi­grants, vow­ing to build a wall along the US border with Mex­ico and ban Mus­lims from en­ter­ing the United States.

The bom­bas­tic real es­tate bil­lion­aire – who faced wide­spread con­dem­na­tion within and out­side his party dur­ing his cam­paign when a video emerged of him mak­ing lewd boasts about grop­ing and forc­ing him­self on women – has so far ap­pointed staunchly con­ser­va­tive older white men to ma­jor posts in his fu­ture ad­min­is­tra­tion. –

‘We, sir, weare 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.’ Bran­don Vic­tor Dixon

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