On Friday night, Nov. 18, after its performance, the cast of "Hamilton" read this statement to Vice-President Elect Pence, who was in the audience:
"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," he said. "We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us."
This was a respectfully worded expression of concern, derivative of the play they had just performed, by citizens to a newly elected high government official.
How did Donald Trump react? Like a two-year-old throwing a tantrum, he stamped his feet, whined and took to his Twitter account to demand an apology. An apology!
This bloated, overweight man, who insulted and demeaned a former beauty queen because he thought she had gained too much weight -- and never apologized; this man, descended from immigrants, who attacked a federal judge because he had descended from immigrants -- and never apologized; this man, who avoided military service like the plague, yet attacked the parents of a soldier who died fighting for us -- and never apologized; this man, who called Mexican immigrants generally rapists and criminals -- and never apologized; this man, who bilked students out of thousands of dollars, and just agreed to pay them $25 million dollars so they would stop suing him -- but who never apologized; this man, who made billions while paying no federal taxes -- and never apologized; this man, who insulted and demeaned nearly every person who ran against him during the recent election season -- and never apologized; this man, who baselessly and recklessly and in total disregard of the facts waged a scurrilous campaign for eight years claiming President Obama was not an American, and therefore was an illegal president -- and never apologized; this man, who told more lies per minute than any presidential candidate ever, who lied the way most people breathe -- and never apologized... This man wants citizens who respectfully expressed their concerns to the Vice President Elect to apologize?!
You first, Baby Donald.
I say Baby Donald, because the man seems to be a two-year-old trapped in an adult's body, a case of arrested development. Like two-year-olds who sometimes stamp and scream and whine and bawl when the slightest thing displeases them, and who never apologize for their own out-of-control behavior, Baby Donald is now our Two-Year-Old in Chief.
Normally, when two-year-olds have a temper tantrum, they get sent to their rooms until they can calm down and be pleasant. But what do we do when a two year old is in an adult's body, has the power conferred by great wealth, and now finds himself with the keys to the kingdom?
Baby Donald is a bully, a coward (like most bullies) and an emotional infant. When he acts out, how do we send him to his room? Baby Donald wants respect and civility, but he won't get it from me until he earns it by acting civilly and respectfully himself.
Baby Donald thinks he has a mandate, but he doesn't: he lost the popular vote by over a million votes, and won the Electoral College vote -- an anachronism left over from the 18th century -- by a total of about 55,000 votes strategically located in three states -- Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania: Baby Donald is a three-state accident.
If he wants to be president of all the people, he can be; that's what the cast of "Hamilton" was asking him to be. But if he can't control himself, if everything that is said that displeases him turns him into Baby Donald, then he and we are in for a bumpy ride.
If Baby Donald wants an apology from me, he won't get it. You first, little man.
And if he'd like to punch me in the nose, as he has blustered he wished to do to dissenters in several audiences during the campaign, well, Baby Donald, come down out of your palace, and just tell me where to meet you -- without your protectors and armed guards. I am considerably older than you, and ready for a fight. I learned a long time ago that bullies were cowards when their bluff was called.