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Trump demands apology after Mike Pence booed at performance of hit musical

The US vice president-elect was attending a performance of the musical Hamilton in New York. Donald Trump meanwhile was not one bit impressed with the goings on.

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VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT Mike Pence was booed at a performance of award-winning Broadway musical “Hamilton”, whose “alarmed and anxious” cast made an unusual call from the stage for the incoming Trump administration to work on behalf of all Americans.

Donald Trump’s right-hand man attended a performance late last night of the hit musical about young colonial rebels who shaped the country whose founding fathers they would become.

The show’s lead actor, Javier Munoz, is openly gay, HIV positive and a cancer survivor. Activists have worried that the incoming Trump administration will be hostile to gay rights.

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Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays former vice president Aaron Burr, read a statement to Pence during the curtain call that echoed some of  the biggest concerns critics have voiced since Republican firebrand Trump was elected on 8 November.

And with that, a performance of a musical about the American Revolution and the dawn of a young nation became even more political.

Thanking Pence for attending the performance, Dixon asked him to “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, sir,” Dixon said.

But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.

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The audience cheered and applauded loudly his comments.

Dixon highlighted the fact that Hamilton, which won 11 Tony Awards in June, was performed by “a diverse group of men, women of different colors, creeds and orientations”.

Audience goes ‘nuts’

The New York Times reported that although Pence was leaving as Dixon began to read his statement from the stage, he stood in the hallway by the auditorium’s entrance and heard the entire message.

When he entered the theatre earlier before the show, Pence was greeted with a mix of boos and cheers from the audience.

The show celebrates diversity and immigrants’ contribution to the nation.

The audience gave a standing ovation at the line “immigrants we get the job done”, theatregoer Christy Colburn wrote on Twitter.

Donald Trump himself was less than impressed with the goings-on at the theatre, tweeting criticism to the ‘harassment’ Pence had been subjected to.

Trump has deployed polarising rhetoric to describe immigrants, vowing to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and to ban Muslims from entering the US.

And the bombastic billionaire real estate investor, who was showered with widespread condemnation from both within and outside his party after video emerged of him making lewd boasts of groping and forcing himself on women, has largely appointed older white men to major posts so far in his presidential transition.

Additional reporting Cianan Brennan

© – AFP, 2016

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