The storm in a teacup over the treatment of Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the Broadway smash Hamilton is an example of the dangers of Twitter-Truth And how the Trump will use it to his advantage at every possible opportunity.
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It’s an example of how half-truths can be mis-interpreted and twisted. Now, this goes on every day but in this instance it’s the man who will be next US president who is doing it and he will have media resources equal to nothing on earth after he is inaugurated.
So the way he deals with the media is a very serious issue and this incident highlights the problems.
CBS reports: At a performance of the Broadway smash Hamilton, Pence was booed (with some cheers mixed in) before the show started.
CNN reports: Cast member Brandon Dixon, who portrays Aaron Burr, who urged the audience not to boo Pence, said the show was performed by “a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”
ABC News reports: Mr Pence was met with a mix of boos and cheers as he entered the Richard Rodgers Theatre in Manhattan before the performance, the New York Times reported.
The Independent reports: Mike Pence says Hamilton is ‘incredible production’ and that crowd booing him ‘is what freedom sounds like’
“The Theatre must always be a safe and special place. The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologise!” Mr Trump tweeted.
Very rude and insulting of Hamilton cast member to treat our future VP Mike Pence to a theatre lecture. Couldn’t even memorize lines!” He later deleted the tweet.
So is Trump overreacting?
It is interesting to look at what was actually said and compare it with comments made about Trump himself
What Dixon said: “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,”
Chancellor Angela Merkel said: Germany and America are connected by common values: democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for human dignity irrespective of origin, skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political conviction. On the basis of these values, I offer the future president of America, Donald Trump, a close working relationship.”
So the answer is: Yes it probably is an overreaction particularly in the light of the fact that Mike Pence was not particularly concerned about the incident.
This is what happens when you criticise one of Donald’s buddy: self-righteous indignation from the most powerful man in the world.
This particular attack is important because it will play so well in Trump’s key constituency, the insular and isolated, underprivileged and economically disadvantaged of the midwest.
It’s a Twitter-Truth because there are elements of truth in it. Pence was booed and he was addressed by members of the cast. But Trump has put a completely different slant on the incident by saying the Pence was harassed. It’s subtle, it’s clever and it’s extremely invidious.
It’s an attack on privileged people in New York, people who can afford to go do Broadway musicals and who probably leave the musical to take part in the demonstration against Donald Trump’s election.
We’re going to see more of this over the next four years. It is only going to get worse. And each time it happened we need to call Trump to account,