As a member of the cast of ‘Hamilton,’ Brandon Victor Dixon knows a thing or two about freedom of speech. And after president-elect Donald Trump attacked Brandon and the rest of the cast on Twitter for a statement they delivered to vice president-elect Mike Pence on Nov. 18, Brandon clapped back with the most epic defense. Check it out here.
“@realDonaldTrump conversation is not harassment sir. And I appreciate @mike_pence for stopping to listen,” Brandon Victor Dixon, 35, tweeted at president-elect Donald Trump on Nov. 19 in response to two aggressive tweets Donald threw at the cast of Hamilton: An American Musical that day. Brandon had delivered an eloquent and thoughtful speech to vice president-elect Mike Pence as he was leaving the theater after seeing the Broadway show on Nov. 18 — a speech Donald clearly took the wrong way.
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016
“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 tweeted on Nov. 19. “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!” Well, no, Mr. Trump. Looks like the cast of Hamilton will not be apologizing, because they did nothing wrong.
Brandon, who plays Aaron Burr in the play, gave the statement on behalf of the entire cast as the vice president-elect was exiting the theater on Nov. 18. “Vice-president elect Pence we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton: An American Musical, we really do,” Brandon said calmly as Mike left. “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 uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us. Again we truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.”
Doesn’t sound so harassing to us. In fact, Mike reportedly stood in the hallway outside the theater and listened the the entire speech. If it had really been that aggressive and harassing would he have stayed? After all, he sat through being booed the entire show, as well. So, maybe Donald doesn’t need to come to his VP’s rescue. And maybe Mike has something to think about now.
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