When They Go High, We Go Low


Although the Hamilton cast/ Vice President-elect Mike Pence controversy was a major topic of conversation on every daytime chat show today, a cast member was a guest on only one show. Appearing on The View yesterday, Hamilton star Brandon Victor Dixon thanked Vice President-elect Mike Pence both for stopping to listen to Victor’s criticisms of Donald Trump from the stage after the play ended and for his public statement in favor of free speech the next day. Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Pence told host Chris Wallace “Hamilton is just an incredible production, incredibly talented people and it was a real joy to be there…I nudged my kids and reminded them that’s what freedom sounds like.”

This weekend self-proclaimed “cultural libertarian” and Breitbart provocateur Milo Yiannopolous re-posted a tweet by Brandon Victor Dixon on his eponymous blog, not nearly as old as the “pussy grabbing” comments of the President-elect. Dixon, the Hamilton actor who hectored Vice President-elect Pence from the stage, had back in 2012 tweeted that one should hang out with white women on St. Patrick’s Day, since they become inebriated enough to make easy sexual prey:

The all female panel of The View did not ask Brandon Dixon about this tweet, but did discuss President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet demanding that the cast apologize.

Apparently what Michelle Obama actually meant in her famous maxim comparing Democrats and their opponents was “When they go high, we go low.”

There may have been some legal pushback, as the article by Milo then disappeared from the internet, the link to it no longer takes you to anything. (I emailed Milo today to ask but did not hear back, and one person at Breitbart said they wouldn’t get involved in covering this but would let Milo sort it out himself.)

But Brandon Dixon’s twitter feed still has plenty of wisdom to edify the nation:

Wishing America a Happy Thanksgiving

Explaining that Pence was lucky to only get a tongue lashing

Dixon’s co-stars, Lexi Lawson and Javier Munoz have also spent a lot of time tweeting, with Lawson tweeting defenses of their hectoring Pence, and Munoz urging people to vote the first week of November and promoting the Hamilton cast’ pre-election performance on The Colbert Report.

Munoz, who won an award from Out magazine a few days after the election, for the alleged bravery and rarity of being an out, gay, HIV+ man on Broadway, tweeted that he blocks and mutes trolls and critics who tweet negative things to him:

Unfortunately for Vice President-elect Pence, it’s hard to mute a cast when you are a captive audience.

In answer to Jedediah Bila, one of the few non-liberal hosts to have ever appeared on The View, Dixon reiterated a point he made repeatedly over the weekend on social media that Hamilton is a political play and no one should expect the performances to be free of politics, and invited President-elect Trump to come and new the show. Tickets range from $400 to $1300.

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My new novel of the 2016 campaign, "Like with a cloth or something?" is out next week. To be followed by my updated version of "Atlas Shrugged." Aspiring Deputy Assistant Under-Secretary of Communications at the Trump Treasury Department.