Vice President-elect Mike Pence addressed the problem circulating the statement the cast of “Hamilton” made during their performance Friday, Nov. 18 and has said that he wasn’t offended by it.
“I did hear what was said from the stage, and I can tell you I wasn’t offended by what was said,” Pence said on Fox News Sunday. “I’ll leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it.”
Pence told Fox News Sunday that the crowd gave him and his family a mixed reaction upon their arrival to Friday’s night show. Some people cheered and others booed, Pence said, but that he only had one thing to say to his daughter.
“That’s what freedom sounds like,” Pence said.
At the end of the show, “Hamilton” actor Brandon Victor Dixon addressed the fear he and the rest of the minority cast felt towards the future of America under the Trump administration.
Dixon and the rest of the Hamilton cast had been staunch supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Former leading lady Phillipa Soo has even signed a petition asking the electoral college to ignore the results of the states and elect Clinton as President of the United States.
“I know this is a very disappointing time for people who did not see their candidate win in this national election,” Pence said. “…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 said that Trump will be a president that brings people with diverse views together and will be one that is willing to work even with those who don’t agree with them.
People, Pence said, will soon see that Trump will be a “president for all the people” and that the Trump-Pence administration will work hard to uphold that principle.
“I just want to reassure every American that in the days ahead, I’m very confident they’re going to see President-elect Donald Trump be a president for all the people,” Pence said.
“We embrace that principle and we’re going to work hard to make that principle every day that we serve.”