The ever-popular vice president-elect made the mistake of thinking he could go on with normal life without being called out by the people his policies intend to oppress. Let’s just say, Mike Pence wishes he had stayed in Friday night.
Donald Trump’s right-hand man attempted to go see Broadway’s hit play “Hamilton” last night when he was met with an unfavorable reaction from the crowd, and a direct message from the entire cast.
While taking their final bow, the cast lined up on stage, and actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, delivered a direct message to the elephant in the room. (No pun intended)
.@Lin_Manuel Miranda, director Tommy Kail, producer Jeffrey Seller & cast wrote “Hamilton” statement after learning Mike Pence was coming.
— Patrick Healy (@patrickhealynyt) November 19, 2016
At first, the crowd begins to boo at the very mention of the special guest in the audience, but after Dixon calms the crowd, he explains that theirs is a message of love meant to combat Pence’s hate. Dixon said to Pence:
“We sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us.”
“We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. This is one American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”
The Associated Press reported that Pence actually ducked out before the entire personal address could be delivered, but it immediately went viral, so he will definitely be seeing the ending soon. As he saw the vice president-elect leaving the room, Dixon said:
“I hope you will hear just a few more moments.”
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Pence was booed when he arrived at the play.
Here’s Pence getting booed as he gets to his seats at Hamilton pic.twitter.com/IRQG68x1sB
— David K (@dkipke12) November 19, 2016
Pence probably should have chosen any other play on Broadway, and it would have been far less ironic and less worthy of a full-scale public callout. In the play, Hamilton often refers to his immigrant history, and even one of the songs in the play features the line: “Immigrants, we get the job done,” which made the crowd burst into applause.
I’m at #Hamilton and so is Mike Pence. Crowd booed him like crazy, and gave a standing O at the line “immigrants we get the job done” 1/2
— Christy Colburn (@christymoose) November 19, 2016
Check out the full video below and see why Pence got out of there early. Video courtesy of Twitter:
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016