Report: Some 'Hamilton' Cast Members Who Lectured Pence Didn't Vote
The cast of the hit Broadway show "Hamilton" stood united against VP-elect Mike Pence Friday night, expressing concern that he and President-elect Donald Trump would fail to "uphold our inalienable rights."
But according to a report, some of the cast members did not exercise one of those fundamental rights - voting - in previous elections.
Though voting records for 2016 are not yet available, RadarOnline reported that Brandon Dixon did not vote in 2012. After the show, Dixon read a statement to the VP-elect, who was there with his family.
"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 inalienable rights. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us," he said.
Dixon's message - penned by the show's creator Lin-Manuel Miranda - was delivered alongside the entire cast and came after the VP-elect was loudly booed by the audience.
Citing election records, RadarOnline reported:
Javier Muñoz, who plays the title role of Hamilton, registered to vote in 2006, and voted that year, but hasn’t since.
Seth Stewart, who plays Thomas Jefferson, voted in the 2008 presidential election but then used his constitutional rights to skip out in 2012, according to his voting record.
Anthony Ramos Martinez, who plays Hamilton’s eldest son Philip, registered to vote in 2012. But the 25-year-old hasn’t ventured into the voting booth since then.
Nigerian-born actor Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, who portray James Madison, registered to vote in 2005 and also failed to cast a vote after that.
Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway shared the report on Twitter today, calling it "sort of amusing."
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 22, 2016
Pence has said he will leave it up to others to judge whether Dixon's address was appropriate in that forum.
"I nudged my daughter when we got to our seats and said 'remember, Charlotte, that's what freedom sounds like,'" Pence said on Hannity, referring to the chorus of jeers.