It wasn’t exactly a warm welcome. Vice-President Elect Mike Pence went to watch a performance of the “Hamilton” musical Friday evening at a New York theatre, and was loudly booed by the crowd as he entered.
Social media posts about the incident make it clear that the pro-immigrant liberal audience are opposed to Pence because of his positions on abortion, gay marriage and illegal immigration.
As Pence entered the theatre and made his way to his seat, the boos began, and it was reported that jeers from the audience continued intermittently throughout the performance, with the actors having to pause at one point. Extended applause also erupted during the line, “Immigrants, we get the job done.”
The Broadway musical is about the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, who was also the first U.S. Secretary of Treasury.
At the end of the play, as Pence was about to leave, the actors stood on stage and declared they had a message for Pence. Brandon Dixon, who plays Arron Burr, the nation’s third vice-president, preached, “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 this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”
Here’s Pence getting booed as he gets to his seats at Hamilton pic.twitter.com/IRQG68x1sB
— David K (@dkipke12) November 19, 2016
I’m at #Hamilton and so is Mike Pence. Crowd booed him like crazy, and gave a standing O at the line “immigrants we get the job done” 1/2
— Christy Colburn (@christymoose) November 19, 2016
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016
— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) November 19, 2016
Mike Pence getting booed at Hamilton is the worst thing to ever happen to a politician at a play
— Alex Q. Arbuckle (@alexqarbuckle) November 19, 2016
Mike Pence got booed while going to see Hamilton. On the plus side, he’s now seen black and Latino people in real life.
— Mike Lawrence (@TheMikeLawrence) November 19, 2016
Unreal scene here – Mike Pence walks in and there’s a massive mix of cheers and boos. pic.twitter.com/GVZ5L67mA3
— Noah Coslov (@NoahCoslov) November 19, 2016
Mike Pence being booed at Hamilton is a lot like when Michelle Obama got booed at Nascar.
— Sauce Monster (@lutleylocutions) November 19, 2016
Mike Pence going to ANY broadway show and getting booed is awesome. The fact that it’s Hamilton is just delicious irony.
— James Crampton (@JimCramptonWPG) November 19, 2016
Lol seeing hamilton, like the most liberal musical ever, and Mike Pence is here. The entire theater BOOED when he walked in
— Chris Jackson (@chezjackson1) November 19, 2016
Pence getting booed at Hamilton bums me out. Whatever you think of him. He’s trying to engage. Could get ideas from far worse places. https://t.co/gn7j25Nuy7
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 19, 2016
He’s also the VP-elect. A level of disrespect https://t.co/Xgfbb0EpBH
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 19, 2016
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