Pence On 'Hamilton' Incident: "That's What Freedom Sounds Like"


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CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Finally, I’ve got about a minute left. I got to ask you about the subject everybody is talking about today. You know what it is. And that is the fact that you went to see the Broadway musical "Hamilton" on Friday night.

And afterwards, the cast addressed you as you were walking out of the theater about their concerns as to whether Mr. Trump will protect diversity in our nation. Here he is.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us.


WALLACE: Now, Saturday morning, Mr. Trump tweeted this, "The cast of ‘Hamilton’ was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize." And he tweeted about it again at 6:23 this morning.

Governor, what did you think of the cast's comments, and did you consider it rude?

PENCE: Well, first off, my daughter and I and her cousins really enjoyed the show. "Hamilton" is just an incredible production, incredibly talented people. And it was a real joy to be there.

You know, when we arrived, we heard -- we heard a few boos, we heard some cheers. And I nudged my kids and reminded them that's what freedom sounds like.

And -- but 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. I'll leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it.

But 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 this is a very disappointing time for people that did not see their candidate win in this national election. I know this is a very anxious time for some people.

And 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 -- I just want to reassure every American that in the days ahead, I’m very confident that they’re going to see -- 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.

WALLACE: And just to button Hamilton-gate up, do you want or expect an apology?

PENCE: Well, as I said, I would just -- I would leave that to others, whether that was the appropriate venue for that. But, you know, I will tell you, Chris, if you haven't seen the show, go to see it. It is a great, great show.

You know, I’m a real history buff. So I -- my daughter and I and her cousins really enjoyed it.

WALLACE: Well, I’ve seen it too. We can say Pence and Wallace, two thumbs up.

Governor Pence, we want to thank you. Thank you for joining us. Always good to talk with you, sir.

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