Although President-elect Donald Trump feels that Vice President to be Mike Pence is owed an apology after being booed and chastised at a performance of “Hamilton,” Pence himself says he took no offense.
“I really enjoyed watching Hamilton,” he said during a Fox News Sunday visit. “It was a real joy to be there. I heard a few boos. I wasn’t offended by what was said.”
The dustup has become a predictable proxy war, with Trump supporters expressing outrage and urging a boycott. That effort likely will have limited impact, as the Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer-winning Broadway hit is sold out at least through next August.
Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro blasted what she called “inappropriate and disgusting” remarks made after the performance.
“What happened to your old ‘love trumps hate’ line?” she demanded. “You’re all damn hypocrites!”
The ACLU was among the many organizations and individuals noting the right to free expression, tweeting, “Americans don’t need to apologize-not even to presidents or vice presidents-for the lawful & proper exercise of their constitutional rights.”
Many artists were swift to support “Hamilton” in particular and free speech in general.
“Artists will never apologize for speaking truth to power,” tweeted director Ava DuVernay, known for powerful projects such as Atlanta-filmed “Selma.” “Keep asking. Keep getting put in your place. It’s on.”
And here’s Michael Moore’s contribution:
Steven Van Zandt, a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band known for his vocal activism against apartheid, took a nonpartisan, customer-service themed approach in calling out “Hamilton” for singling Pence out:
Meanwhile, Trump has moved on to complaining about “Saturday Night Live” again:
Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the story, music and lyrics, “Hamilton” stresses the orphan, immigrant roots of first U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and features a multicultural cast.
Miranda was a huge supporter of Democrat presidential contender Hillary Clinton, and the cast also put on a special “Hamilton” show at a Clinton fundraiser last summer, the AP noted.
Here’s what Miranda has had to say about the Pence issue: