President-elect Donald Trump, who is just two months away from his inauguration, woke up Saturday morning with a pressing concern on his mind.
No, it wasn’t about the violence being carried out in his name, nor did it concern how to deliver his election policies amid a wave of protests across America against some of his most controversial pledges, such as building a wall across the U.S. border with Mexico, deporting millions of immigrants or registering Muslims.
What got him worked up was the fact that Mike Pence was booed by the audience during a performance of “Hamilton” on Friday, and that the cast took time to deliver a personal message to the Vice President-elect after the show.
Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, also tweeted that Pence shouldn’t have been booed when he entered the theatre to watch the show.
After the last curtain call, actor Brandon Dixon addressed Pence respectfully from the stage and asked him if he would stick around for a special message.
“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.
“But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the show, responded to Trump on Twitter and actually praised Pence for listening.
It’s not unusual for senior political leaders to be booed in public places, including presidents. But Trump seems to have a personal philosophy of letting no criticism go unnoticed.
“One of the things you should do in terms of success: If somebody hits you, you’ve got to hit ’em back five times harder than they ever thought possible,” he said in 2012.
“You’ve got to get even. Get even. And the reason, the reason you do, is so important… The reason you do, you have to do it, because if they do that to you, you have to leave a telltale sign that they just can’t take advantage of you.”