Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday that he was not offended by what the cast of “Hamilton” said while Pence and his family watched the show Friday night in New York City.
During the play on Friday, a cast member thanked Pence for being at the show, adding, “we are a diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that this new administration will not protect us … I would truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values on behalf of all of us—all of us.”
President-elect Donald Trump responded on Twitter by saying Pence was “harassed” and the cast should apologize. (RELATED: VP-Elect Pence Lectured By ‘Hamilton’ Cast Member [VIDEO])
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, Pence lauded the show and its cast.
“‘Hamilton’ is just an incredible production, and incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there. You know when we arrived, we heard a few boos, and we heard some cheers,” Pence told Wallace. “I nudged my kids and reminded them that’s what freedom sounds like.”
“At the end, you know, I did hear what was said from the stage, and I can tell you I wasn’t offended by what was said,” Pence added. “I’ll leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it.”
Pence went on to acknowledge that many Americans are anxious from the election and disappointed in the results.
“I do want to say that the basic element, the center of that message is one that I want to address. That is, I know that 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 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’m very confident that they’re going to see President-elect Donald Trump be a president for all of the people, and we embrace that principle and we’re going to work hard to make that principle every day that we serve,” he said.