Bruce Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, attended “Hamilton” on Sunday night and joked about the drama surrounding Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s trip to the theater on Friday — but Springsteen’s band mate doesn’t see eye-to-eye with The Boss.
Stevie Van Zandt has worked with Springsteen since at least 1975, but the famed guitarist tweeted on Saturday that he thought Pence was bullied by the “Hamilton” cast.
Nobody on this planet disagrees more with everything Pence represents. But I don't tolerate bullying in any form. Even the respectful kind.
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) November 19, 2016
Springsteen and Van Zandt clearly don’t have the same opinion of the situation, which started on Friday night. During the “Hamilton” curtain call, star Brandon Victor Dixon singled out Pence in the audience and read a statement on behalf of his cast.
“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, sir,” Dixon said, after urging audience members to record and share the video and message on social media. “But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us.”
President-elect Donald Trump tweeted his dismay with the cast of “Hamilton” early on Saturday, claiming they made the theater unsafe for Pence and that they should apologize.
Pence spoke up about the incident on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, and sought to “assure people who were disappointed in the election results.” He told host John Dickerson that he “wasn’t offended by what was said” at the “Hamilton” show in New York on Friday.
Meanwhile, Dixon responded that Trump shouldn’t expect an apology, saying, “There’s nothing to apologize for,” on CBS This Morning on Monday.
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) November 20, 2016