Donald Trump's criticism of the "Hamilton" cast on Twitter sparked debate on social media Saturday about the president-elect's motives for the tweets and the Broadway show's decision to address Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
The cast spoke directly to Pence as he sat in the audience after a show Friday night, saying they hope the production inspired him to govern in a way that protects a diverse America.
"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 unalienable rights, sir," said actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, with the cast assembled behind him.
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Trump accused the cast of "harassing" Pence and demanded an apology on Twitter Saturday morning.
Trump's supporters called for a boycott of the wildly-popular Broadway show on social media. The hashtag #boycotthamilton began trending on Twitter Saturday afternoon.
But, Trump's critics argued his tweets were a smokescreen to distract the media's attention from his settlement of the lawsuits brought against Trump University.
Other Twitter users chose no side in the debate, but looked to benefit if #boycotthamilton actually spread off Twitter.