UPDATE: After deleting a tweet about Hamilton on Saturday night, Donald Trump renewed his attacks against the Tony Award-winning musical, calling the show “highly overrated.”
“The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior,” Trump wrote on Twitter. According to producer Jeffrey Seller, Trump has never asked for tickets to see Hamilton himself.
Trump’s outrage over Hamilton stems from Friday night’s curtain call, when actor Brandon Victor Dixon read a prepared statement to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience.
EARLIER: Donald Trump continued to attack Hamilton on Saturday evening, tweeting and deleting another comment directed at the show’s cast.
“Very rude and insulting of Hamilton cast member to treat our great future V.P. Mike Pence to a theater lecture. Couldn’t even memorize lines!” Trump wrote in a tweet posted at 7:32 p.m. ET on Saturday night. The missive was soon deleted without a comment or explanation from the president-elect.
Trump earlier claimed the Hamilton cast had “harassed” Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who attended Friday night’s performance of the hit musical and was spoken to from the stage by Aaron Burr actor Brandon Victor Dixon.
“We have a message for you, sir. We hope that you will hear us out,” Dixon said in a speech directed at Pence, who has a history of supporting anti-gay policies as an elected official. “Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton: An American Musical. We really do. We, sir, 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. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us, all of us. … We truly thank you for sharing this show — this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women, of different colors, creeds, and orientations.”
Trump slammed Dixon’s words, writing on Saturday morning, “Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen! 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!”
Dixon responded by calling out Trump, noting “conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate [Mike Pence] for stopping to listen.”
See a screenshot of Trump’s deleted Hamilton tweet below.