On Sunday morning, Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke to Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace about the message that Hamilton actor Brandon Victor Dixon read to him on Friday night at the end of the show. Surprisingly, Pence was not as put off by the message as President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters, who took to social media to vent their frustration and even threatened to boycott the award-winning musical.
When Wallace asked Pence if he considered Dixon’s letter rude, Pence first took time to praise the production and comment on the boos that he received when he entered the theater with his family.
“Hamilton is just an incredible production and incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there,” he said. Regarding the not-so-warm reception by some members of the audience, Pence added, “I nudged my kids and reminded them, that’s what freedom sounds like.”
The vice president-elect then went on to answer Wallace’s original question and said that he “wasn’t offended by what was said” before adding that he will “leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it.”
Pence then said that he wanted to address the “center” of the message that was shared with him.
“I know this is a very disappointing time for people that did not see their candidate win in this national election. I know that this is a very anxious time for some people,” Pence told Wallace, before offering some reassurance to those who, like the cast of “Hamilton,” are concerned about what the future holds for them with Trump as president.
‘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.’
Pence’s comments about Donald Trump being a president for all Americans sound nice, but it’s unclear whether Trump really does plan to follow through with the promise that Pence mentioned. So far, as Wallace pointed out earlier in the interview, Trump’s cabinet’s is filled only with white men, specifically white men like Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions, whose pasts are problematic at best, and those seem to be the only people he’s interested in meeting with.
Wallace ended his interview with Mike Pence by asking him whether he wants or expects an apology from the Hamilton cast, something Donald Trump demanded they deliver.
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
Pence responded by repeating his sentiments from earlier in the interview, saying that he would let others decide “whether that was the appropriate venue for that.” He then promoted the show one last time before the interview ended.
Perhaps Donald Trump will stop tweeting about the incident now that Mike Pence has assured the world he wasn’t offended by it.
Watch Pence’s full interview with Wallace below, via YouTube. The comments about what Wallace called “Hamilton-gate” take place around the 11:38 mark:
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.