President-elect Trump took to Twitter this morning saying his VP, Mike Pence, was "harassed" last night when Pence attended a performance of Hamilton: An American Musical.
What happened was this:
Upon entering the theater, the audience - not the cast - but the audience booed Pence.
And during the curtain call, Brandon Victor Dixon (who plays "Aaron Burr" in the play) read a message from the cast and creators of the show.
But this is how Trump framed the incident:
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
Brandon Dixon had this reply to Trump:
@realDonaldTrump conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @mike_pence for stopping to listen.— Brandon Victor Dixon (@BrandonVDixon) November 19, 2016
Now, I have to ask: "Harassed?" Really?
The message read to Pence during the curtain call was anything but "harassment." Read in a calm voice, asking the audience not to "boo," addressing Pence as "sir," the message to Pence asked that he "uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us."
That constitutes "harassment?"
Here's the text of the message as well as video.
"You know, we have a guest in the audience, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence I see you walking out but I hope that you will hear us a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here folks. There’s nothing to boo here. We’re all here sharing a story of love. And I encourage you all to pull out your phones, and tweet and spread our message far and wide."
"Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton: An American Musical."
“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 our inalienable rights, sir."
“But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us,” Dixon said. “This is one American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and origins.”
Tonight, VP-Elect Mike Pence attended #HamiltonBway. After the show, @BrandonVDixon delivered the following statement on behalf of the show. pic.twitter.com/Jsg9Q1pMZs— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016