Mike Pence squashed President-Elect Trump’s outrage at the cast of Hamilton by telling Fox News Sunday that he wasn’t offended by the cast’s post-performance comments to him.
Trump continued his attack on the Hamilton cast on Sunday morning:
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
Video of Pence’s response on Fox News Sunday:
PENCE: Well, first off, my daughter and I and her cousins really enjoyed the show. “Hamilton” is just an incredible production, incredibly talented people. And it was a real joy to be there.
You know, when we arrived, we heard — we heard a few boos, we heard some cheers. And I nudged my kids and reminded them that’s what freedom sounds like.
And — but at the end, you know, I did hear what was said from the stage, and I can tell you, I wasn’t offended by what was said. I’ll leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it.
But I do want to say that the basic element, the center of that message is one that I want to address. That is, I know this is a very disappointing time for people that did not see their candidate win in this national election. I know this is a very anxious time for some people.
And 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.
WALLACE: And just to button Hamilton-gate up, do you want or expect an apology?
PENCE: Well, as I said, I would just — I would leave that to others, whether that was the appropriate venue for that. But, you know, I will tell you, Chris, if you haven’t seen the show, go to see it. It is a great, great show.
You know, I’m a real history buff. So I — my daughter and I and her cousins really enjoyed it.
The Vice President-elect cut Trump’s outrage campaign against Hamilton off at the knees. Trump’s loyal followers can still be outraged at the cast of Hamilton, but it is pretty difficult for the rest of the country to buy it when the man who was supposedly insulted says that he didn’t feel insulted at all.
The weekend Hamilton flap provided a hint into how the Trump administration might run. President Trump is going to govern on fear, anger, and outrage. Trump is going to attack people and generally fly off the handle. It will be the job of Mike Pence to clean up the Trump explosions and keep the country from realizing the kind of person that they have placed in the Oval Office.
I suspect that this will be the dynamic that will play out over the next four years. Trump will blow up, and Pence will try to walk it back.
Trump’s outrage at Hamilton was shut down by his own vice president-elect.
It is going to be a very interesting next four years.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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