‘Hamilton’ Creator Vows To ‘Keep Fighting’ During Trump Presidency
Lin-Manuel Miranda vows to “keep fighting” during Donald Trump’s presidency for the things that matter to him, like LGBT rights.
“In addition to the disappointment, it was like, oh, this does not change the things that I believe in,” the creator of the Broadway hit “Hamilton” said during an interview published Monday by The Daily Beast. (RELATED: Pence On Being Lectured By ‘Hamilton’ Cast: ‘I Wasn’t Offended By What Was Said’)
“The things that I believe in that this candidate doesn’t means we’re going to have to fight for them,” he added. “You don’t want to go backwards when it comes to our LGBT brothers and sisters; you don’t want to go backwards when it comes to the disenfranchisement of voters of color.”
“We have to keep fighting for the things we believe in, and it just made that very clear: I know who I am, and I know what I’m going to fight for in the years to come,” he continued. “That felt like the tonic of it.”
After Trump won the election the cast of the show made waves when they addressed Vice President-elect Mike Pence in the middle of a show. (RELATED: VP-Elect Pence Lectured By ‘Hamilton’ Cast Member [VIDEO])
“We are a diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that this new administration will not protect us … I would truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values on behalf of all of us—all of us,” a cast member said to Pence during the performance.
“I felt really grateful that Vice President-elect Pence got the message in the spirit in which we tried to give it to him, which was as respectfully as possible,” Miranda responded when asked about what the cast did to Pence. “It was great of him to stay, and I’m really glad that he spoke the following Sunday and said that he appreciated it, wasn’t offended, and spoke to the message of what we were saying.”
“I don’t know if there is a less divisive message you could give than ‘please represent all of us’–and that’s really all we said,” he added.
“The fact that the notion of representing all of us is controversial,” he added. “I don’t know what that says about us right now. But I am super grateful that Mike Pence got the message in the spirit in which we tried to deliver it.”