Trump to Hamilton Cast: 'Apologize!'

'The theater must always be a safe and special place'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2016 2:45 PM CST
Donald Trump is beefing with the "Hamilton" cast on behalf of Mike Pence.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Last night, the cast of the smash musical Hamilton thanked Mike Pence for coming to the show and asked him to please "uphold [the] inalienable rights" of all Americans as vice president. Well, Donald Trump wasn't going to let that kind of "harassment" slide, USA Today reports. "Our wonderful future VP Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.This should not happen!" he tweeted. "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!" Trump added. The New York Times notes the president elect was supposed to be meeting with potential cabinet members at the time.

Brandon Victor Dixon, the Hamilton actor who addressed Pence on behalf of the cast and crew, responded to Trump: "Conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate [Pence] for stopping to listen." Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda also weighed in, tweeting that he was proud of Dixon for "leading with love" and "proud to remind you that all are welcome at the theater." Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller tells the Times that Trump has not as yet seen the show, but he's welcome any time. While the cast may have been polite and welcoming to Pence, the audience went a different way, roundly booing the vice-president elect when he arrived. (Read more Hamilton stories.)

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