Presidential hissy fits have consequences, and Donald Trump’s twitter tirade against ‘Hamilton’ the musical shows just how dangerous his words can be – because his supporters are threatening violence in retaliation. This week, Trump supporters forced the Hamilton actors’ union to hire extra security in the wake of President-elect Trump’s attack on the cast and free speech rights this weekend.
Property management at the Actors’ Equity union’s Chicago location notified all tenants of the building late yesterday that extra security was going to be hired in response to threats by rabid Trump fans.
The author received this exclusive leaked memo regarding the situation:
The century-old Actors’ Equity union made national news earlier this year, for negotiating a profit-sharing deal to benefit the original cast of Hamilton, whose performances earned the show an astounding 11 Tony Awards this year.
They also represent over 50,000 other actors and stage managers across the United States.
America’s most seminal law is our First Amendment’s guarantee of not only free expression, but the right to petition the government.
Unfortunately, Trump supporters have decided that the actors’ union fighting for workers’ rights and better pay is little more than a fixed target for harassment since they dared to speak out against the bigotry and division of the Trump-Pence camp.
The President-elect will deny any role in this fiasco, because he’s not personally calling the union to threaten violence, or personally directing a supporter, but make no mistake, this is Donald Trump’s fault. It is stochastic terrorism. By refusing to address the violence perpetrated by his followers, he is tacitly endorsing it, fostering a climate of fear and hate that entrenches his power.
Mike Pence himself told CNN that he wasn’t offended by the Hamilton cast’s remarks, but because he and his running mate have only spent time spreading anger and hatred, his supporters are using a vicious form of emotional blackmail to chill free speech.
That’s why it’s urgent that our readers petition Governor Pence to immediately demand that both he and Donald Trump go on a national television speaking tour to denounce violence, hatred, and racism. They must specifically denounce America’s neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and the white supremacists who’ve been performing Nazi salutes while they scream “Heil Trump!”
Please contact the governor through his extensive communications team here:
Governor’s Press Secretary
Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Strategy
Deputy Press Secretary
Author’s note: When asked for comment by phone today, neither Colliers or Actors’ Equity replied in time for publication.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition