Donald Trump has demanded that the cast of Hamilton apologize to Mike Pence for politely asking that he represent all of America’s citizens, no matter their race, sexuality, or religion. That was interpreted as an attack by our hypersensitive president-elect, who railed against the actors and actresses in an unhinged Twitter rant.
The American Civil Liberties Union, however, had something to say about it.
Donald Trump, America’s abusive boyfriend, has made a shameful habit of bullying anyone who dares to speak against him. With schoolyard put-downs and flagrant lies, he successfully gaslit perceived rivals into submission during the election campaign. But he will find that as president, he will have a much harder time squashing the voices of the millions of Americans who will rise up to oppose him and his primitive brand of ethnonationalist fascism.
The First Amendment of the Constitution is one of the few things still held sacred in this country, and if he thinks he’s going to use to powers of his office to silence dissent, he will find himself impeached enormously quickly. His tirade against the Hamilton cast shows that he is disgracefully unfit to lead this nation, and for him to clutch his pearls in offense at their legitimate plea to Mike Pence is the height of hypocrisy. He is, after all, the man who insulted literally hundreds of different people, places, and things over the past year and a half.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.