The link between Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party could help explain the outburst of the “Hamilton” cast against vice-president elect Mike Pence on Friday. According to a new report, Miranda used his position in the musical theater community to organize fundraisers for the former Democratic presidential nominee.
Last week, Pence, together with his family, watched the production of “Hamilton” at the PrivateBank Theater in Chicago. However, to the surprise of the incoming vice-president, he became the subject of harassment delivered by the cast members of the musical production.
Aside from being subjected to an extremely liberal lecture by cast member Brandon Victor Nixon, he was also disrespected by the crowd through booing.
Despite the surprising behavior of the cast members, it still doesn’t come as a surprise especially since the creator of “Hamilton,” Manuel, has been a staunch supporter of Clinton and President Barack Obama. In fact, the speech delivered by Nixon to Pence was actually written by Manuel, according to Breitbart.
Aside from this, back in July of this year, Manuel held a private show for Clinton and the wealthy donors of her campaign. The event served as a private fundraiser for the former candidate’s campaign where tickets were sold for $2,700 to $100,000.
Manuel also staged another event exclusively for Clinton called “Broadway for Hillary.” Proceeds from the event, which came from tickets sold at $45 to $100,000, went straight to her campaign.
But aside from Manuel’s money-generating events for Clinton, he also held various programs for the Obamas. In 2009, he was invited to the White House to perform beat poetry for the First Family. He also appeared in a publicity video with the president that shows the two collaborating on a free-style rap piece.
Given Manuel’s deep connection with the country’s Democratic leaders, it didn’t come as a surprise that he decided to incorporate his political views into his musical production to publicly criticize and humiliate an incoming national leader.