Donald Trump claims the cast of Hamilton “harassed” Mike Pence during the vice president-elect’s visit to the hit Broadway show on Friday night.
“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!” Trump wrote in a tweet posted Saturday morning. He added, “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!”
Pence was met with a mix of boos and cheers when he arrived at New York’s Richard Rodgers Theatre for Friday night’s Hamilton performance. But Trump’s claims of “harassment” by the cast stems in large part from a statement read by Aaron Burr actor Brandon Victor Dixon to the vice president-elect during curtain call.
“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,” Dixon said from the stage, as Pence watched from just outside the theater, according to the New York Times. (Pence has a history of pursuing anti-gay policies as an elected official.) “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.”
The statement was written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, and show producer Jeffrey Seller, according to the Times.
On Twitter, Miranda wrote that he was “proud” of the show’s cast and Dixon “for leading with love.”
He added, “And proud to remind you that ALL are welcome at the theater.”
Thus far, only Dixon has responded directly to Trump, writing, “conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate [Mike Pence] for stopping to listen.”
Footage of Dixon’s words to Pence were posted to the official Hamilton Twitter account.