But it's not about the time Pence went to see Hamilton.
(Even Pence said that was no big deal. His comments on the event were far closer to a statesman's than Trump managed, (he said, damning with faint praise).)
But no. The thing I want to focus on is the Hamilton show in Chicago, a few days later, and an event probably… I'm going to say "incited" by the Pence story.
A Chicago man was arrested Saturday after what several audience members said was a disruptive incident at the PrivateBank Theatre.
Accounts say the audience member began loudly ranting after actors playing Alexander Hamilton and the Marquis de Lafayette sang “Immigrants — we get the job done!” — a lyric that always draws cheers.
“He started raising his voice and throwing up middle fingers at anyone who looked at him."
Kate Hoyt: “He was saying things like, ‘We won. Trump is president. Get over it.’ At some point Ken leaned into the aisle to try and tell him to leave and the guy then put up both his fists and said ‘Let’s go, Democrats. I’ll kill you all.’ ”
So here's a few interesting bits.
The Hamilton cast in NYC didn't boo Pence. That was the audience.
The Hamilton cast read a pre-written speech that asked the VP to represent all of a diverse and vibrant America… and thanked him for coming and sharing in the show. That's it.
And people are mad.
This guy in Chicago is mad. And drunk, also, but mostly mad.
But… when does he get mad?
The immigrants line.
I look at this – all this, all the reactions and yelling, and you know what I see?
I see a whole lot of people who thought – really, truly believed – after Trump won, all the minorities and immigrants and gays and marginalized not-us people would, finally, after eight years, sit back down and shut up.
And then this calm, well-spoken brown man stands up on a stage and has the temerity to address an older white man as an equal.
So that sitting down? That shutting up? It's not happening.
That's what they're mad about.
Trump won (the electoral college), but no fairy dust came to make it 1950 again.
All these other people keep… talking like they have some right to.
I mean, I could be wrong. Sure.
I stand by what I said, every bit of it
You stand only for yourself
It’s what you do
I can’t apologize because it’s true.
— "Your Obedient Servant", Hamilton