Following Vice President-Elect Mike Pence’s trip to Hamilton November 18, he sat down with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday and said that he “really enjoyed” the show.
At the end of Pence’s interview on Fox News Sunday, Wallace asked him about “the subject everybody is talking about.” Wallace referenced President-Elect Donald Trump’s Twitter response to the curtain speech and asked Pence if he thought it was “rude.”
“Well, first off, my daughter and I, and her cousins really enjoyed the show Hamilton,” Pence replied. “It’s just an incredible production and incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there. When we arrived, we heard a few boos, and we heard some cheers, and I nudged my kids and reminded them: That’s what freedom sounds like. But at the end, 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. But, I do want to say that the basic element is the center of that message is one that 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… And, 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 am very confident that they are going to see President-Elect Donald Trump be a President for all of the people, and we embrace that principle, and we are going to work hard to make that principle every day that we serve.”
As for an apology from the Hamilton cast and creative team, Pence said, “As I said, I would leave that to others whether that was the appropriate venue for that, but I will tell you, Chris, if you haven’t seen the show, go to see it. It is a great, great show, and I’m a real history buff, so my daughter, and I, and her cousins really enjoyed it.”
Following Pence’s attendance at Hamilton, a Trump supporter attended the November 19 performance of the hit musical in Chicago and interrupted the performance. Trump took to Twitter again November 20, repeating his request for an apology to Pence and calling the musical “highly overrated.”