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Mike Pence Doesn’t Need a Safe Space

by Elizabeth Greenaway Read Profile arrow_right_alt

Yesterday on CBS Face the Nation, Vice President-elect Mike Pence addressed the statement made by the cast of “Hamilton” at the end of the performance he attended on Friday night.

“I wasn’t offended by what was said,” said Pence, sharing that he’s a history buff, praising the “Hamilton” team for their show and encouraging others to see it.

What’s wrong, liberals? Not the response you’d expect from an ignorant homophobic monster? He’s a class act! Proof that strong conservatives can support diversity, encounter and listen to the thoughts and opinions of those on the other side of the political aisle and respond in a positive way.

Pence continued on Face the Nation:

“I want to assure people who were disappointed in the election result, people who are feeling anxious about this time in the life of our nation that president-elect Donald Trump meant exactly what he said on election night, that he is going to be the president of all the people of the United States of America.”

For those of you who missed it – Pence attended “Hamilton” on Friday night with his daughter and her cousins. The cast knew he would be in attendance, but the audience did not. As he made his way to his seat, many in the audience booed.

His response? Rather than running for the nearest safe space, he reminded them “that’s what freedom sounds like.”

When the show was over, one of the actors, Brandon Victor Dixon, read a message from the cast specifically for Pence. He was on his way out, but stopped to hear the remarks.

“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,” Dixon said.

“We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. This is one American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and origins.”

Before 9 a.m. on Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to defend his vice president and express his frustrations with the statement, calling the statement harassment and the cast “very rude,” demanding an apology to Pence.

Dixon told CBS he had no regrets for making the statement on behalf of the cast and refused to apologize for “conversation.”

And clearly, Pence doesn’t need it.

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