Vice president-elect Mike Pence was in attendance to see hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” on Friday evening. Following the performance, Pence was singled out by cast member Brandon Dixon, who plays the nation’s third vice president Aaron Burr. Dixon said:
We, sir, 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 truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.
Pence spoke of the incident on “Fox News Sunday” after host Chris Wallace asked his thoughts.
The vice president-elect stated that he was not offended:
Hamilton is just an incredible production, and incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there. You know when we arrived, we heard a few boos, and we heard some cheers. I nudged my kids and reminded them that’s what freedom sounds like. At the end, you know, I did hear what was said from the stage, and I can tell you I wasn’t offended by what was said.
As for the timing of the comment, Pence said, “I’ll leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it.”
President-elect Donald Trump criticized the cast on Twitter and demanded an apology. Dixon responded to Trump, saying “Conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @mike_pence for stopping to listen.”