Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Donald cannot be thin skinned if he is to be POTUS

From Yahoo

Brandon Victor Dixon addresses Vice President-elect Mike Pence. (Screenshot: Twitter/’Hamilton’)
President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday criticized the cast of ‘Hamilton’ for confronting the incoming vice president the night before.

“Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing,” Trump tweeted. “This should not happen!”

Trump also demanded an apology:

But it’s up for debate how rude the cast actually was to Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Friday night. When the former Indiana governor took his seat at the critically-acclaimed Broadway show, the audience roundly booed him. The cast waited until after the show to deliver a message.

“Vice President-elect Pence, I see you walking out but I hope you will hear us, just a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen,” actor Brandon Victor Dixon said.

He then read a statement reportedly drafted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton,” with input from cast members. The statement emphasized the diversity of the show’s actors and their broad concerns about the Trump administration:

“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical’ — we really do. 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, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us. Again, we truly thank you for sharing in this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”

After Trump’s tweets, Dixon disputed Trump’s claim that he had “harassed” Pence.

Many of Pence’s defenders have directed their criticism at the audience who booed the vice president-elect rather than the cast. On Twitter, Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Pence “deserves respect and a peaceful night out with his nephew and daughter.”

Sorry The Donald and Pence, when you steal an election expect to get booed.  You are going to be the most powerful men in the world after January 20.  Deal with the criticism, you deserve all the shit that will be thrown your way.

1 comment:

  1. Back in the early 1990's, while I was still on active duty (I retired from the Army in 1995), the organization for which I was chief of staff was tasked to support a special project for retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John Vessey (Army).

    Our organization was headed by new brigadier general (one star). I had known Bill since the days when he was a major and I was glad to see him pin on a star (he pinned on several more) because he was and is a good guy.

    At the time, one Senator was attacking Bill, the new BG, because he had not knuckled under to the Senator's browbeating.

    At one of our meetings with GEN Vessey, Bill commented on how much the Senator's constant attacks troubled him. GEN Vessey patted Bill on the back and told him: "Bill, I learned a long time ago, the higher you climb up the flagpole, the bigger target you become and the more your ass is exposed. It comes with the territory". GEN Vessey then tapped Bill's shiny new star.

    Trump does not understand this simple advice: The higher you go up the flagpole, the bigger target you are and the more your ass is exposed.

    Trump is now in a public position. He is no longer the CEO who rules his empire like a czar. There are lots of other people who have huge, influential power bases who do not owe their positions to him. There are policy experts, journalists, fact checkers, and the like who know far more than he does and who are not shy about saying so.

    The press will give him a brief honeymoon then they'll do their job of fact-checking and holding his feet to the fire.

    We were told time and again Trump does not have the temperament to be President. What will he do when a member of Congress shouts, during his first State of the Union speech: "You lie!!!" Arrest him? Have him removed from Congress??

    And what about when a foreign leader takes public exception to his positions? Are we to expect 3:00 AM tweet storms aimed at Angela Merkle or Benjamin Netanyahu? That'll go over well.

    Trump's supporters just love to tell us how he "speaks his mind" and how he "tells it like he is" -- as if that's an admirable quality in a President.

    What's worse is that I don't see anything changing. We are stuck with this egotistical, privileged, loud-mouthed dimwit whose motto is: "Ready; Fire; Aim."