Newly minted President-elect Donald Trump seems to have an obsession with the Broadway show, Hamilton. And it’s not the kind that has him standing in the cold at the stage door just to get his program signed.
Day Two of the Twitter siege against the cast and crew of Hamilton continued on Sunday, when the man who will be our next president decided that lashing out at a Broadway musical was an effective use of his time.
Posting at 6:22 a.m., the following was Trump’s third tweet directed at the show and his perceived insult when his vice presidential pick, the homophobic former governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, was addressed by a cast member on Friday night as he sat in the audience.
‘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
It’s disconcerting enough that the future leader of the free world spends his time insulting people and complaining on Twitter like a passive-aggressive basement dweller. What makes this truly horrifying is that he feels the need to insult the quality of any endeavor made by someone who criticises him. Trump may honestly think that the cast and crew behaved badly, and fair enough if he wants to express that. But to toss in ad hominem attacks every time he objects to someone’s political views is the mark of arrested emotional development.
One Twitter user put it perfectly:
‘@realDonaldTrump Your Twitter account reads like it’s written by an 8 year old girl. It’s full of “very bad things.”’
Your Twitter account reads like it's written by an 8 year old girl. It's full of "very bad things."
— DJ Qualls (@TheOnlyDJQualls) November 19, 2016
Other Twitter users also called out the president-elect on his unprofessional, even childish behavior:
— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) November 20, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump I checked that this wasn't a parody three times and still can't believe it. Can you confirm that you are not just a joke?
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) November 20, 2016
. @realDonaldTrump oh my god !! Stop. Are you 11?
— Michael Cudlitz (@Cudlitz) November 20, 2016
They will never apologize and please stop making a mockery out of America.. Presidential elects shouldn't twitter rant
— Sharika Soal? (@LadyThriller69) November 20, 2016
Doesn't bode well for the country that this is what is on your mind first thing in the morning. Get to work.
— Kevin M. Levin (@KevinLevin) November 20, 2016
Although Sunday marked Day Two of Trump’s Twitter seige, it began on Saturday when he complained that Pence was “harassed” by the cast.
‘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!’
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
‘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!’
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
What is also disconcerting is that our future president didn’t bother to get the facts regarding the events in the theater before lashing out in a childish, two-day temper tantrum.
On Friday, a member of the Hamilton cast addressed Vice President-elect Pence respectfully from the stage in an earnest attempted to start a dialog. Actor Brandon Victor Dixon broke the fourth wall and addressed him directly:
‘Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us at “Hamilton: An American Musical.”
‘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.
‘We hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us.”
It was, in fact, the audience at the show that booed the future VP, and considering his litigious hostility to both women and LGBT citizens, it’s not surprising that a Broadway musical crowd would take the opportunity to express their feelings.
Apparently, Trump didn’t bother to discuss the incident with Pence, who said Sunday that he wasn’t offended at all.
‘Hamilton is just an incredible production and incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there.’
Pence also took a moment to address the question put forth by the cast.
‘I just want to reassure people that what President-elect 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. We embrace that principle.’
It’s impossible to ignore Pence’s refusal to honor the constitutional principles that demand a separation of church and state, but at least the seasoned politician has an idea of how to behave and respond to criticism in a presidential manner.
But Donald Trump didn’t bother to examine the details or get the facts. It’s worrying to think that Trump’s poorly informed, hair-trigger temper tantrums will continue when he has access to the nuclear codes and the might of our armed forces in his hands.
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