Mike Pence Shows Class and Dignity in Responding to His Hamilton Critics

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This past week the big controversy in the news came when VP-elect Mike Pence went to see the hit play Hamilton on Broadway. As he entered the venue, Pence was both cheered and jeered (the boos were louder) by the viewing public, but it was what happened after the play that surprised many Americans. After the play had ended, one of the cast members delivered a short speech, directed at Governor Pence and exposing the obvious misunderstanding that exists in the minds of most liberals. The cast member, Brandon Victor Dixon, thanked Pence for attending before adding, “We hope you will hear us out. 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. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

The message, in and of itself, was perfectly fine. It was a message that every American should give attention to. However, one does need to ask, would Mr. Dixon have delivered the same speech to Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders? Actually, we already know the answer to this because Mrs. Clinton saw Hamilton over the summer… and guess what? They didn’t deliver this speech to her; no, instead the show’s creator, the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda, actually remixed the lyrics to the music during a fundraiser for Mrs. Clinton!

See, this is the hypocrisy of the lecture. It’s not the content, it’s the fact that the cast members believe that Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and every GOP voter don’t understand these ideas. They really seem to think that Republicans don’t care about the poor, that Republicans hate minorities, that Republicans are anti-immigrant, that Republicans are evil. That’s what Mr. Dixon’s message conveys.

The left, with the help of the media, have been pressing this narrative for years, and it seems that it has now become a commonly held belief among liberals. It’s as if they’ve never met any Republicans. It’s as if they’ve never met any of the 60 million people who voted for Donald Trump. If racism, exclusivity, intolerance, bigotry, and all of the other evils that Mr. Dixon lays upon conservatives were as rampant as he seems to believe… then how in the world could our nation survive? How in the world could Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mostly minority cast (mixed with a healthy dose of LGBT actors and actresses) become the greatest Broadway success in years? How could a woman win 61 million+ votes? How could the GOP hold both Houses of Congress and win in the Rust Belt states? How could the most famous entertainers and athletes of our day be Black, White, Brown, and Mixed and yet, equally beloved?

While I appreciate what Mr. Dixon thought he was doing, the reality is that he was only unmasking his own ignorance of our nation.

Thankfully, Mike Pence is himself a class act. As those sitting around him explained, he cheered and clapped after most of the musical numbers and he seemed to enjoy the show.

On Fox News Sunday, Pence finally spoke out about the controversy.

“‘Hamilton’ is just an incredible production, and incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there. You know when we arrived, we heard a few boos, and we heard some cheers, I nudged my kids and reminded them that’s what freedom sounds like….

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.”

 Pence then explained that the message from Mr. Dixon is actually the message that the Trump team has been trying to convey for months. It’s the liberals who have divided us, and we need leaders who are willing to listen to every side of a question and to lead in the best interests of every American… no matter what Party they belong to.

“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 that 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. 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, and to watch him bringing together people of diverse views, bringing together people that differed with him strongly, seeing him talk to leaders around the world, I just want to reassure every American that in the days ahead, I’m very confident that they’re going to see President-elect Donald Trump be a president for all of the people, and we embrace that principle and we’re going to work hard to make that principle every day that we serve.”

 This is simply more proof that Mike Pence is a class-act.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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