(New York Times) Donald J. Trump ignited a surprising confrontation on Saturday between his incoming Republican administration and the cast of the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” setting off furious debate over American principles like free speech, respect and the ability to challenge authority in the Trump era.
President-elect Trump demanded an apology from the cast for making an unusual, politically charged appeal from the stage on Friday night to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience, urging him and Mr. Trump to “uphold our American values” and “work on behalf of all of us.”
Mr. Trump, who has stirred bipartisan concern over his habit of attacking those who challenge him, said that the actors had “harassed” Mr. Pence and issued a battle cry to his supporters by saying that the musical’s cast had criticized “our wonderful future VP Mike Pence.”
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The clash between the “Hamilton” actors and Mr. Trump captured the sharply divergent feelings of many American voters 11 days after the election ...