‘Hamilton’: The latest feud Trump won’t let go

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump isn’t letting slights go — even after the ego-boosting accomplishment of winning the presidency.

As the Republican President-elect greeted candidates for Cabinet position at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course Sunday, he couldn’t resist another shot at the cast of the musical “Hamilton” — which had read a message directly to Vice President-elect Mike Pence after he attended the Broadway production Friday night.
With Pence looking on silently, Trump told reporters the remarks were “very inappropriate.”
    It marked the second straight day of Trump, now back in control of a Twitter account aides had wrested away in the closing stages of the campaign, raging against “Hamilton.”
    And more importantly, it was a continuation of Trump’s months-long penchant for lashing out after ego-bruising moments. Those outbursts have most often come on Twitter, and include his criticism of Megyn Kelly following her sharp questioning in the first GOP primary debate and his attack on a 1996 beauty queen’s weight after Hillary Clinton cited her in a debate. The “Hamilton” episode shows Trump’s tactics aren’t changing, even though he won.
    Trump is currently interviewing candidates to form his Cabinet, receiving his first intelligence briefings and beginning to develop relationships with congressional leaders to enact his policy vision for America.
    But on Sunday, the first words he offered were about Hamilton.
    “The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior,” Trump tweeted at 6:22 a.m. ET.
    At 8:26 a.m., Trump had another bone to pick — this time with NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which lampooned him as only now realizing the gravity of the presidency in its opening skit.
    “I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?” he tweeted.
    But “Hamilton” — the critically acclaimed musical about the nation’s founding fathers — has been Trump’s most frequent target.

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    Brandon Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the hit musical, began the message by thanking Pence for attending the play and saying, “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,” Dixon said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
    Pence, for his part, has let the comments go.
    “I did hear what was said from the stage. I can tell you I wasn’t offended by what was said. I will leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
    “I do want to say that the basic element, the center of that message is one I want to address and that is I know this is a very disappointing time for people that did not see their candidate win in this national election,” Pence said.
    “I know this is a very anxious time for some people. I just want to reassure people what President-elect Donald Trump said on election night — he absolutely meant from the bottom of his heart,” he said.
    “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 people together who disagreed with him strongly, seeing him talk to leaders around the world, I just want to reassure every American that in the days ahead I am very confident that they are going to see President-elect Trump be a president for all of the people and we embrace that principle. We are going to work hard to make that principle every day that we serve.”
    The “Hamilton” cast’s message to Pence came after some in the crowd booed the Republican Vice President-elect.
    Pence said he did notice the booing, but it didn’t spoil the show.
    “My daughter and I and her cousins really enjoyed the show. ‘Hamilton’ is just an incredible production, incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there,” Pence said.
    “When we arrived we heard a few boos, and we heard some cheers,” he said, “I nudged my kids and reminded them that is what freedom sounds like.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/20/politics/donald-trump-hamilton-feud/index.html

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