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 said that he was not offended by the statement and had in fact informed his children “that’s what freedom sounds like.”
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.”
But nearly two months before their run in with the president and vice president-elect, Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton” creator, hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
Miranda rapped his way through his opening monologue, using popular “Hamilton” song “My Shot” as inspiration. Miranda danced his way off of the stage, through the audience, and into a hall with portraits of various hosts:
Miranda continues, checking out of rhyming “it” by just stopping short of a photo of Donald Trump in the hallway after beginning a phrase that starts with “piece of” and stopping by to check in with Lorne Michaels, who’s just another New Yorker looking for “Hamilton” tickets, before finally returning to the stage and his cavalcade of dancers.
When Miranda stopped at Trump’s portrait, he sang the popular “Hamilton” line, “Never gon’ be President now.”
This isn’t the only time Miranda weighed in on Trump. Teaming up with GQ, Miranda sang a run-on sentence from one of Trump’s speeches: