Liberals Attack Trump for Hamilton Tweets Standing Up for Pence

President-Elect Donald Trump stood up for Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence after Pence was lectured from the stage by the cast of the Broadway play Hamilton and was also booed (and cheered) by many in the audience Friday night.

“Unreal scene here – Mike Pence walks in and there’s a massive mix of cheers and boos.”

“Tonight, VP-Elect Mike Pence attended #HamiltonBway. After the show, @BrandonVDixon delivered the following statement on behalf of the show.”

Trump’s tweets defending Pence triggered a liberal backlash accusing Trump of attacking the First Amendment rights of critics.

“Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.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!”

CNN’s Brian Stelter:

“”Harassed” by “the cast of Hamilton.” “This should not happen!” THIS is why people fear that Trump will trample on free speech.”

New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman:

“Trump’s Hamilton tweet is a terrifying glimpse of how he could attempt to suppress free speech. It should be openly condemned, esp by GOP”

Former Clinton administration secretary of Labor Robert Reich:

“I’m with @BrandonVDixon. @realDonaldTrump must stop using tweets to criticize free speech he disagrees with. That’s unAmerican.”

AFP’s Shaun Tanden:

“Imagining the intl reaction if a head of state elsewhere (Turkey, China, etc) was lashing out at actors over public criticism”

The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein warned his fellow journalists to move on:

“Guys. We don’t have to make this Pence/ Hamilton thing a big deal. We can just move on to other stuff.”

Stein’s warning for his fellow liberals to ‘move on’ looks to be prescient as the Hamilton incident is not playing well in the heartland according to reporter Salena Zito:

“What happened to @mike_pence at Hamilton last night has resonated already out here on Main Street. Regular Democrats I interviewed appalled”

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