Pence: I ‘Wasn’t Offended’ by Hamilton Message
Mike Pence was not offended by the political statement directed towards him while seeing the Broadway Play “Hamilton,” saying “that’s what freedom sounds like.”
The Hill reports:
Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday he “wasn’t offended” after the cast of the Broadway hit “Hamilton” called for the Indiana governor to uphold the country’s values in a personal message after a show.
“I know this is a very disappointing time for people that did not see their candidate win in this national election. I know that this is a very anxious time for some people,” Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“And I just want to reassure people that what President-elect Donald Trump said on election night he absolutely meant from the bottom of his heart — he is preparing to be the president of all of the people of the United States of America.”
The Indiana governor said he’s confident the American people will see the president-elect be a president for all of the people.
“We embrace that principle,” Pence said.
Pence attended the Broadway hit on Friday night. When he was leaving, one of the actors asked for him to stay to listen to a statement from the cast.
“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical,’ ” actor Brandon Victor Dixon said onstage.
“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 hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us.”
After the statement, Trump called for the cast of Hamilton to apologize.
Pence said he’ll leave it up to others to determine whether that was the “appropriate venue for that,” and then offered praise for the show.
“Hamilton is just an incredible production and incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there,” Pence said.
Pence noted when he arrived at the show, he heard a few boos and some cheers.
“And I nudged my kids and reminded them, that’s what freedom sounds like,” Pence said.
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