Mike Pence on 'Hamilton' Statement: "I Wasn't Offended"
Though Donald Trump has demanded an apology from the cast and #BoycottHamilton was trending, the vp-elect told 'Fox News Sunday' host Chris Wallace, "If you haven't seen the show, go to see it, it is a great, great show."
Vice President-elect Mike Pence said he wasn't offended by the message from Hamilton's Broadway cast.
In his first interview since the election, Pence said on Fox News Sunday that he heard the boos and cheers upon entering the Richard Rodgers Theatre with his nephew and daughter on Friday night.
"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," said actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, with the entire cast behind him. "We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us."
"It was a real joy to be there. When we arrived, we heard a few boos and a few cheers, and I nudged my kids and reminded them, 'That's what freedom sounds like,'" Pence said of the audience reaction.
"I did hear what was said from the stage, and I can tell you, I wasn't offended by what was said," he further explained, calling it "an incredible production" with "incredibly talented people." Though Trump has since demanded an apology from the show, Pence didn't necessarily follow suit: "I would leave it up to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it."
And though the incident spurred #BoycottHamilton to trend on Twitter, Pence told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, "If you haven't seen the show, go to see it, it is a great, great show.
"The center of that message is one that I want to address: I know this is a very disappointing time for people that did not see their candidate win in this national election, and I know this is a very anxious time for some people," said Pence. "I just want to reassure people that what Donald Trump said on Election Night, he absolutely meant from the bottom of his heart. He is preparing to be the president of all of the people of the United States of America."
Meanwhile, Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to repeat his demand for an apology while criticizing the hit show: "The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior."
The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2016