Vice President-elect Mike Pence saw the 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 said that he was not offended by the statement and in fact informed his children “that’s what freedom sounds like.” But 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.”
Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway defended Trump’s Twitter reaction during a Monday segment of CNN’s “New Day.”
Conway took issue with the attention the tweet has received, asking, “Why do you care?”
“What’s important to me is this 100-day plan,” Conway added.
“That’s not what he’s tweeting about,” replied host Chris Cuomo, reminding Conway that Tump was spending time on Twitter saying that “‘Hamilton’ is overrated.”
Conway and Cuomo continued to argue, with Conway saying that Trump’s tweets were his own opinion, and Cuomo asking whether or not Trump took responsibility for his social media presence.
Changing the subject, Conway asked if Cuomo would focus on accepting the results of the election.
“How have we not done that?” he asked. Conway shot back that their conversation was proof that they had not.
Their conversation later continued on to Trump’s cabinet choices.