Trump Demands Apology After Hamilton Cast Duels With Pence

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that the cast of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” should apologize after they addressed Vice President-elect Mike Pence during his attendance at the show Friday night.

Trump called for the apology after a cast member gave a pointed statement about the concerns the cast had about Pence. Pence was met with boos and several cheers when he walked into the Richard Rodgers Theater.

Several theater-goers took videos of the chaotic scene as Pence walked into the theater. He waved a few times and then walked to his seat.

Pence was reportedly booed throughout the show, especially when the subjects seemed to hit home.

Many were quick to note that the show hits heavily on the topic of immigration and that many of the actors are people of color and members of the LGBT community, including the actor in the title role, Javier Muñoz, an HIV-positive, Puerto Rican, out gay man.

After the show, the cast addressed Pence’s attendance with a statement read by Brandon Victor Dixon.

“Vice President Elect Pence, welcome,” he read. “Thank you for joining us at Hamilton-An American Musical. 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. We hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us.”

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to say that Pence was “harassed” at the show by the cast.

Dixon replied to Trump’s tweet, telling the President-elect that “conversation is not harassment.”

The statement was written by some of the show’s creative team when they learned Pence would attend, according to New York Times reporter Patrick Healy. It’s unclear is Pence heard the statement, as Dixon noted Pence was walking out before he spoke.

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