Vice President Mike Pence has had his moments in learning of New Yorkers way of letting their feelings known. This happened on the 19th of November when Pence was still elect at a performance of the Broadway smash Hamilton.
Pence got booed, with minor cheers before the show started. The performance sparked a heated debate on the internet concerning the etiquette behind the booing. The performance was a hip-hop musical about the Founding Fathers.
Reports from inside the theater revealed that the audience cheered loudly at the lyrics “Immigrants, we get the job done!” and during the song “What Comes Next,” sung by a character playing King George. The lyrics include the line, “It’s much harder when it’s all your call.”
Star Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who plays Vice President Aaron Burr, read a statement to the vice president-elect, thanking him for attending, but noting “we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us.”
“We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us,” Dixon concluded.
First forward two months later, President Trump is being accused of racism after it was reported that he used a profane term to describe immigrants. The remarks were denounced by a Maryland pastor at a service attended by Vice President Pence and his wife.
“I stand today as your Pastor to vehemently denounce and reject any such characterizations of the nations of Africa and of our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” said Pastor Dr. Maurice Watson of the Metropolitan Baptist Church.
The pastor also mentioned that some congregation members were from Haiti and African countries. He called the president’s comments “hurtful” and “dehumanizing.” He went on to call for the president to be held accountable for his words.
Reports indicate that Pence reportedly became visibly red-faced at times throughout the speech.
According to a report in the Washington Post on Jan. 11, Trump used a crude description of Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries during immigration talks in the Oval Office.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump reportedly told lawmakers on Thursday.
On Sunday, Trump denied reports that he used the vulgar term. The denial was made by Trump as he arrived for dinner with House majority leader Kevin McCarthy at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.
After being asked if he is a racist, Trump said: "No, I'm not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed." The Metropolitan Baptist Church's website revealed that the historically black church was established a year after the Emancipation Proclamation. The service on Sunday was streamed on Facebook.