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Donald Trump is not happy Vice president-elect Mike Pence wasn't welcomed with open arms by Broadway on Friday night.
Trump demanded that the cast of Hamilton apologize to Pence after they directly addressed him at the end of the show with a statement about their fears.
The president-elect, who took to Twitter on Saturday morning to complain, claimed the cast had 'harassed' Pence.
President-elect Donald Trump demanded that the cast of Hamilton apologize to the Vice president-elect after they stopped the show to address him directly about their fears
'Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing,' Trump wrote. 'This should not happen!'
'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!'
But the Hamilton cast began their address, which was delivered by actor Brandon Dixon, by thanking Pence for coming to the show.
Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the show, even told the audience there was 'nothing to boo here' and that the cast was 'sharing a story of love'.
'Vice president-elect Pence we welcome you and truly thank you for joining us here,' Dixon said onstage.
Dixon then told Pence that the cast was a reflection of the Americans who were worried about their future following the presidential election.
'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,' he said.
'But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our Americans values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us.'
'We truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.'
Dixon was quick to defend the cast on Saturday morning, directly replying to Trump's tweets.
'Conversation is not harassment sir,' Dixon wrote. 'And I appreciate Mike Pence for stopping to listen.'
Mike Pence was booed while taking in the award-winning show, Hamilton, in New York on Friday
Dixon was quick to defend the cast on Saturday morning, directly replying to Trump's tweets
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who helped write the statement to Pence, also tweeted his support for the cast and Dixon
Pence was on his way out of the theater as Dixon spoke, and the actor pleaded for the Vice-president elect to listen to their message.
'I see you walking out but I hope you will hear us,' Dixon said before he began.
A representative for the show later revealed that Pence stood in the hallway outside and heard the full statement.
It was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show's creator, director Tommy Kail, producer Jeffrey Seller and the cast after they heard Pence was coming.
Pence was loudly booed throughout the show by audience members, the jeers sometimes so strong that the show had to be stopped repeatedly.
The booing was most likely linked to Pence's anti-LGBT stances throughout his political career, as well as Trump's election victory this month.
One audience member said that the cast had to repeatedly stop singing the number 'You'll Be Back (Reprise)' because the crowd jeered Pence on every line.
'Fully stopped the song for a minute while people lost their s**t,' the audience member tweeted. 'Never seen anything like it.'
'I'm at #Hamilton and so is Mike Pence. Crowd booed him like crazy,' another wrote.
'Crowd went NUTS at King George's lines "when people say they hate you" & "do you know how hard it is to lead?" He had to stop the song.'
Two audience members tweeted about Pence being booed by the crowd during a specific point in one of the songs
'Vice-president-elect Pence we welcome you and truly thank you for joining us here,' Brandon Dixon said on-stage in a message to Pence
Vice President-elect Mike Pence waves as he leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre after a performance Hamilton on Friday night
And just when Pence thought his embarrassment was over, he emerged from the theater to find a group of angry protesters shouting in the New York street.
Hundreds of demonstrators were seen outside chanting: 'F*** Mike Pence.'
He then said Hamilton is a: ‘wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women, of different colors, creed, and orientation.
Tickets to Hamilton, which racked up 11 Tony Awards earlier this year, are notoriously difficult for the average citizen to get their hands on.
Re-sale market StubHub lists the cheapest ticket for Saturday night's show at a staggering $835. It is unclear how Pence secured a ticket.
Police remove protesters from the streets after they shouted slogans at Vice President-elect Mike Pence while he was leaving the Richard Rodgers Theatre after a performance of Hamilton
Some on social media defended Pence after the booing, while others poked fun at him
Pence has been strongly anti-LGBT during his career as a politician, including when he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law in 2015.
Some of his other controversial moments include:
Opposing the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Pence was against removing the policy from the military, and in an interview he said the armed forces was not the place to experiment with change.
'There's no higher priority for the national government than to provide for the common defense. We ought not to use the American military as a backdrop for social experimentation or debating domestic policy issues,' he said. 'The focus ought to be on readiness, it ought to be on recruitment, it ought to be on retention, unite cohesion.'
Rejected Obama's directive on transgender bathrooms in schools
Pence spoke out against the decision from Obama's White House, saying the government had no business getting involved in such matters.
'Policies regarding the security and privacy of students in our schools should be in the hands of Hoosier parents and local schools, not bureaucrats in Washington, DC,' he said. 'The federal government has no business getting involved in issues of this nature.'
Pence votes against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007
The vice-president-elect hit back against the law, which would have outlawed discrimination based on sexuality in the workplace, by saying it 'waged war on freedom of religion in the workplace'.
The bid failed in the house in 2013.
Claims that gay couples were signs of 'societal collapse'
Pence took aim at marriage equality in a 2006 speech, claiming that allowing gay people to get married could be the downfall of society.
'Societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family,' he said, before adding that denying marriage equality was not discrimination, but rather 'God's idea'.
Advocating for 'Conversion Therapy' for LGBT people
Pence successfully ran for Congress for the first time in 2000.
His campaign website included a section titled, 'Strengthening the American Family', in which he said federal funds should be steered towards the controversial method.
'Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior,' Pence wrote on the website.
He also wrote: 'Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage. Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s (sic) as a 'discreet (sic) and insular minority' entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.'
Pence's motorcade was seen outside the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway shortly before 8pm, and he made it to his seat about 10 minutes later.
'At #Hamilton. Mike Pence is here and the entire theater just booed him,' a theater-goer tweeted.
A video posted online showed Pence walking to his seat as security guards followed behind.
An aide said Pence attended the show with his daughter Charlotte as well as his nieces and nephews, according to ABC News.
Pence appeared to be holding a playbill in his hand as he walked into the New York theater
The VP-elect also came under fire for attending the show on social media.
'Apparently, Mike Pence saw Hamilton tonight. The GOP is truly taking everything from me,' one person wrote.
'I'm delighted by Pence getting booed at #Hamilton, considering how much of Broadway he wants to subject to electroshock conversion therapy,' Suleikha Snyder said.
'Reminder that the current star of Hamilton is the incomparable Javier Muñoz, an openly gay, openly HIV-positive actor. Pay attention, Pence,' Marc Snetiker wrote.
Pence was criticized for seeing the show on social media, with some pointing to his anti-LGBT stances as the reason why he should not watch it
Hacker group Anonymous also tweeted: 'Hey NYC... Mike Pence is watching Hamilton RIGHT NOW. How bout a nice crowd outside to tell him he's not welcome? #NotMyPresident.'
But some leaped to the defense of Pence.
'Pence is a good man. Not nice,' one person tweeted.
'Respect for the office - or themselves . Do we always have to show our vile hate everywhere?' another wrote.
'How ridiculous. What is wrong with people?' another added.
Others on social media defended Pence from the barrage of criticism he was receiving for seeing the show
Pence has been strongly anti-LGBT during his career as a politician, including when he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law in 2015.
The bill was widely slammed by critics, with some saying it legalized discrimination against LGBT people.
He also opposed the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', he has been accused of advocating 'conversion therapy', and in a 2006 speech said 'societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family'.
President Barack Obama speaks during a Democratic fundraiser following a special performance of the Broadway show 'Hamilton' at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York, November 2, 2015
Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Lin Lanuel Miranda pose backstage with the cast at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on July 2, 2016 in New York City
There were more protests in New York City on Friday night, with many having been staged since Pence and Trump won the election earlier this month.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also booed when he went to see the play in September, and one heckler shouted, 'Free Palestine'.
President Barack Obama saw the play last year, and was welcomed backstage by the cast after the performance.
Michelle Obama, along with Sasha and Malia. Pence's predecessor, Joe Biden, has also caught the 11-Tony Award winning smash.
Hillary Clinton also saw the show, and its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, helped organize a fundraiser for her during the campaign.
Trump's first TV interview as President-elect, opens up on abortion, same-sex marriage, Obamacare and THAT vow to punish Hillary
New York’s attorney general says President-elect Donald Trump has agreed to a $25 million settlement to resolve three lawsuits over Trump University, his former school for real estate investors.
The deal announced Friday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE’-dur-muhn) would settle two class-action lawsuits in California and a civil suit filed by Schneiderman.
The suits had alleged that Trump University failed to deliver the quality real estate investing education it promised.
Schneiderman says the $25 million to be paid by Trump or one of his business entities includes restitution for students and $1 million in penalties to the state.
The deal doesn’t require Trump to acknowledge wrongdoing. He has strongly denied the allegations and said during the campaign that he wouldn’t settle.
President-elect Trump says he will 'immediately' deport two to three million illegal immigrants with criminal records - and insists that he WILL build a border wall (but part of it could be a fence)
Donald Trump envisioned an America in which women would have to travel to a different state to get an abortion in his first televised interview as president-elect.
CBS' 60 Minutes host Lesley Stahl grilled him about potential Supreme Court appointees, accusations that his supporters have harassed African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims and gay people, and whether he would appoint a special prosecutor to go after the Clintons like he has pledged.
During the interview, which aired in full on Sunday, Trump confirmed his intention to build a wall on the border with Mexico - although he conceded it might be a fence in some places - and pledged to deport two to three millions undocumented immigrants whom he believes have criminal records.
The one-hour conversation, taped at his penthouse apartment inside Trump Tower, touched on a wide range of topics giving a first glimpse of what Trump's presidency might look like.
Donald Trump's first televised interview since the election aired Sunday on CBS' 60 Minutes. Host Lesley Stahl (left) grilled him on a variety of topics and campaign promises
Stahl asked whether Trump would appoint a Supreme Court justice who would overturn Roe v Wade, the 1973 decision that made abortion legal across the United States and invalidated state laws restricting access to the procedure.
Trump pledged to appoint pro-life justices and said he was himself pro-life. He then predicted that, should Roe v Wade be overturned, abortion would become a states' rights issue again.
This means women would be able to get abortions in certain states, but would be prevented from doing so in other states - as has not been the case in 43 years.
'But then some women won't be able to get an abortion?' Stahl asked.
'Yeah, well, they'll perhaps have to go, they'll have to go to another state,' Trump replied.
When Stahl pressed him further, asking whether this status quo was okay, he added: 'Well, we'll see what happens.
'It's got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go.'
Trump will have to appoint at least one Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia's replacement. Given the ages of the current justices, he could have to appoint four in total during his presidency.
Trump matter-of-factly envisioned an America in which women could have to travel to a different state to get an abortion in his first interview as president-elect
ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
The president-elect said he was 'fine' with same-sex marriage remaining as the law of the land and insisted the issue had already been settled by the Supreme Court.
Trump wouldn't say whether he supported marriage equality but said it was irrelevant to question his stance because same-sex marriage has already been entered into law.
'It's done. It - you have - these cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They've been settled. And I'm - I'm fine with that,' he said.
ON APPOINTING A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR
Trump dodged a question about whether he would actually appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton's use of a private server - a promise he made during his campaign.
He said he didn't want to hurt the Clintons and called them 'good people'. Trump said he wanted to focus on healthcare and immigration instead of narrowing down on his former opponent - even though thousands of his supporters had called for him to 'lock her up'.
The president-elect declined to say if he would fulfill that promise but said he would give a 'very, very good and definitive answer' on his next 60 Minutes interview with Stahl.
ON TELLING HIS SUPPORTERS TO STOP HARASSING PEOPLE
Stahl confronted Trump with allegations made against his supporters.
They have been accused of harassing African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, gay people and of using racial slurs in several instances against the country.
Trump first said he was 'very surprised' to find out about the accusations and that he 'hated' to hear them.
When Stahl asked if he wanted to say anything to his accused supporters, Trump replied: 'I would say don't do it, that's terrible, because I'm going to bring this country together.
She brought up accusations that supporters have harassed Latinos and Muslims and Trump added: 'I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, "Stop it." If it - if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.'
ON HIS SECRET PLAN TO DEFEAT ISIS
Trump refused to say how he intends to get rid of ISIS. He has repeatedly declined to clarify his strategy and during Sunday's interview, as he did during most of his campaign, simply repeated that he and his administration would 'destroy' the terror group.
'You have said that you're going to destroy ISIS. Now, how - how are you going to?' Stahl asked.
'I don't tell you that. I don't tell you that,' Trump replied.
Stahl pressed him, after which he added: 'I'm not going to say anything. I don't want to tell them anything. I don't want to tell anybody anything.'
ON HIRING LOBBYISTS
The president-elect responded to criticism about hiring lobbyists to take care of his transition after pledging repeatedly to drain what was seen as the establishment's swamp.
Trump swore lobbyists were the only people available for hire, adding: 'Everybody's a lobbyist down there.'
'Everything, everything down there-- there are no people-- there are all people that work -- that's the problem with the system, the system,' he continued.
He pledged to 'clean up the system', adding: 'I mean, the whole place is one big lobbyist.'
Trump in the White House: Obama extends the hand of friendship to the successor he condemned as unfit - while Michelle gives Melania a guided tour
President-elect Donald Trump has said that he plans to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants immediately
'What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,' Trump said.
'But we're getting them out of our country, they're here illegally.'
According to an report by immigration enforcement, fewer than 200,000 undocumented immigrants were deported in 2014 who were convicted of committing crimes.
Trump didn't specify what he would seek to do with the remaining estimated 9 to 10 million undocumented immigrants.
'After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, we're going to make a determination on the people that they're talking about who are terrific people, they're terrific people but we are gonna make a determination at that,' Trump said.
'But before we make that determination...it's very important, we are going to secure our border.'
Donald Trump and his family (pictured) spoke to 60 Minutes in their first extended interview since his victory
In an appearance on CNN on Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan had tried to put people's minds 'at ease' about a deportation force and some of Trump's other statements about immigration.
However, Ryan appears not to have registered that he is no longer the highest-ranking Republican and his statements directly contradict what Trump says in his interview.
'I think we should put people's minds at ease that is not what our focus is,' Ryan said.
'Our focus is securing the border. We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump is not planning on that,' he said.
However, in order to deport the number of immigrants Trump is speaking of, some kind of deportation agency will certainly be necessary.
House Speaker Paul Ryan had tried to put people's minds 'at ease' about a deportation force and some of Trump's other statements about immigration in an appearance on CNN Sunday
Interviewer Leslie Stahl asked Trump whether the wall could be 'part wall, part fence?'
His reply: 'There could be some fencing.'
The nearly 2,000-mile US-Mexican border currently has high walls in some sectors, fencing in others, along with electronic and human surveillance in other portions, including vast desert areas where border officials have questioned the utility of a large physical barrier.
Trump kicked off his presidential campaign by outlining his uncompromising stance on immigration.
He proposed building a wall – and making Mexico pay for it – to keep illegal immigrants out of the United States because 'when Mexico sends its people,' he said, they're sending 'rapists' and 'criminals.'
Trump stipulated that the wall – instead of being 'big and beautiful' like he repeatedly vowed – could end up being part-wall and 'some fencing'
Since his victory, the Mexican government has repeated that it will not pay for a border wall.
Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico's foreign minister, said: 'We are in the business of eliminating barriers.
'That's why we would not consider paying for any wall that puts barriers between our integration and competitiveness.'
And when asked about the wall, Newt Gingrich, who has been appointed the co-chair of Trump's transition team, called it a 'great campaign device.'
But when asked if he does plan to build the wall, Trump told 60 Minutes: 'Yes.'
However, Trump stipulated that the wall – instead of being 'big and beautiful' like he repeatedly vowed – could end up being part-wall and 'some fencing.'
'For certain areas I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate,' he said.
'I'm very good at this, it's called construction.'
A view of a section of the wall separating Mexico and the United States, on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez on November 11
The billionaire businessman said that once the border is secured, immigration officials will 'make a determination' about remaining undocumented immigrants in the country.
Since his election, Trump had appeared to strike a more conciliatory note during his acceptance speech and since meeting President Barack Obama.
He has suggested that he will keep some elements of the Affordable Care Act – despite vowing throughout his campaign to repeal Obamacare immediately.
Trump's campaign was also rife with anti-Muslim rhetoric and proposals that included banning all Muslims from entering the country as well as heightened surveillance of mosques across the nation.
The Muslim ban later softened into 'extreme vetting' of immigrants from some countries compromised by terrorism. And in the aftermath of his victory, the pledge to ban Muslims disappeared entirely from his campaign website.
President Obama Gives Speech on Donald Trump Win [Video]
President-elect Trump waves to the crowd as he steps of his private plane as he arrives in Washington, DC, on Thursday morning
Trump and his wife, Melania, walked off the plane first in Washington, DC, as vice president-elect Mike Pence followed closely behind
President-elect Donald Trump arrives in Washington, DC, for a meeting with current president Barack Obama at the White House
Trump flew into Reagan International Airport in Arlington, Virginia, which is just a 15 to 20 minute drive to the White House
Thursday's Oval Office meeting is the symbolic start of the transition of power from Obama to Trump, who will enter the office in January
While in Washington, DC, Trump also plans to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to discuss the GOP legislative agenda.
Workers were busy building wooden risers on Thursday morning for the massive number of journalists that will descend on Washington for the festivities.
The bullet proof viewing box for the VIPs and members of the new and old administrations will soon be brought in as well.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence is also visiting the White House today for a 2.30pm meeting with the outgoing Vice President Joe Biden.
In a twist of irony, basketball player LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavilers, will also meet with the president today at the White House.
James and his teammates are being honored for their NBA Championship. James appeared with Clinton at a rally in the final days of the race and encouraged his fans not to vote for Trump.
The high-profile meeting between Obama and his successor set the White House into a frenzy on Thursday. Staffers continued to mourn what could have been under a President Clinton as they turned their focus to the impending transition.
For the first time in eight years the country will have a new president on January 20, and he will come from the opposing political party.
In anticipation of a Clinton win, White House aides seemingly made no plans to hand over the keys Trump.
Ceremonial farewell: Two firetrucks sprayed jets of water in the air as Trump's plane taxied at La Guardia airport
On board: President-elect Trump walked up the rear stairs to his private 757 with his wife Melania (circled) ahead of him. Vice-president elect Mike Pence is also on the trip
Historic trip: This will be the first meeting between Obama and Trump at the White House - and possibly ever. The pair are never known to have met although they have been in the same rooms
'There's no specific thing that I have in mind that we're going to do differently now,' White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said after he was asked by a reporter if the administration was building a 'firewall' to protect Obama-era policies.
'Our plan all along was to ensure the successful implementation of those and other priorities, and we're going to be committed to doing everything we can to ensure the success of those policies between now and January 20th.,' he added.
Trump has said he will dismantle the Democratic president's health care law, deport the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, negotiate the 12-nation trade deal brokered by the Obama administration and remand the nuclear agreement with Iran.
Previewing the meeting today between the president and the president-elect, Earnest said Obama would talk to Trump 'about some of these policies and about some of the benefits of some of these policies.'
'The President-elect's team will have an opportunity to get briefed by the national security experts here in the Obama administration that have been working on implementing these policies.
But, ultimately, the President-elect will be the person that is responsible for setting the path of foreign policy for the United States for the next four years,' Earnest said.
The anticipated show of civility at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue contrasted with post-election scenes of protests across a politically divided country.
Demonstrators from New England to the heartland and the West Coast vented against the election winner on Wednesday, chanting 'Not my president,' burning a papier-mache Trump head, beating a Trump pinata and carrying signs that said 'Impeach Trump'.
Waving goodbye: Airport workers waved and took photographs of the departing president-elect's plane as it made the short journey to Washington
Angry Obama stops crowd from turning on Trump supporter: Show an elderly, veteran some 'respect'
President Obama has extended an invitation to president-elect Donald Trump to meet with him at the White House on Thursday. Press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement that the president called both Trump and Hillary Clinton following the results of the election early Wednesday.
Hilarious: President Obama Reads Mean Tweets About Himself Via Jimmy Kimmel Live (Video)
President Barack Obama told a rowdy crowd that they needed to show an elderly Donald Trump supporter who appeared to be a veteran some 'respect' today as they interrupted his remarks to scream at the man.
'Hey,' Obama said several times, trying to get his audience back. 'Listen up.'
As rally-goers continued defy him, Obama grew angrier and angrier, eventually demanding that attendees of the Hillary Clinton campaign event sit down and shut up.
'Hey everybody, hey,' he said, trying again. 'I told you to be focused, and you're not focused right now. Listen to what I'm saying.'
President Barack Obama told a rowdy crowd that they needed to show an elderly Donald Trump supporter who appeared to be a veteran some 'respect' today as they interrupted his remarks to scream at the man
The man holding up the Trump for president yard sign had two patches on his jacket that signified that he was a member of the 101st Airborne
One represented the 'Screaming Eagles.' The other was an Airborne Special Forces patch. On his other breast he sported a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and what looked to be a Commendation Medal
Obama told the audience, 'You've got an older gentleman who is supporting his candidate. He's not doing nothing. You don't have to worry about him'
Obama used the moment to shame Trump for fights he's started with various veterans.
'We can't afford a Commander-in-Chief who insults POWs, who attacks a Gold Star mother, who actually talks down our troops, says he knows more than our generals,' Obama said.
The outgoing president recalled his first day on the job.
'I had to sit down with somebody who explained this whole nuclear thing. It will sober you up,' he said. 'It’s serious business.'
Bashing Trump, Obama said, 'We can't have somebody like that handling our nuclear codes. We can't have somebody who gets upset because “Saturday Night Live” does a skit about him and starts tweeting at three o’clock in the morning.
'That's not the temperament that you want for somebody who has got the nuclear codes.
Whatever your feelings are about how President Obama has performed in the Oval Office, you have to admit that he has a great sense of humor.
He stopped by the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Monday October 24, to read mean tweets about himself.
It's pretty funny. Peep it below.