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Donald Trump Asks for ‘Safe Space’ After Hamilton Cast Boos Mike Pence

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By Emily Zanotti | 1:56 pm, November 19, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t pleased that the cast of the Broadway smash hit Hamilton singled out his Vice President Mike Pence, who attended the show Friday night, with a “cast message,” that was quickly accompanied by a chorus of boos.

But it seems the man who campaigned on killing off political correctness –who was adamantly opposed to coddling, safe spaces and protecing fragile feelings was quick to ask for an actual “safe space” for members of his administration.

Of course, Trump could just be using his own right to free speech, and his social media bully pulpit to shame members of his audience, not unlike what the cast of Hamilton did with Mike Pence — though Donald Trump, soon to be at the head of the Executive Branch, does have the implied threat of the full weight of federal law enforcement behind his statement.

Hamilton just has a roomful of theater-goers who are known to give a chilly reception to conservative politicians.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was received with a similar chorus of boos when he attended the show in September.

For Donald Trump, the incendiary response, using the term “safe and special place” may not be an accident. It’s almost impossible for Trump to miss the significance of such a culturally charged term as “safe space,” – and one that evokes such fierce feelings on both sides of the aisle.

After he Tweeted his response to Hamilton‘s cast and audience, it immediately drowned out (perhaps by design) the social media conversation about Trump’s $25 million Trump University settlement.

And while Trump may be struggling to form a transitional government, he’s rarely off the mark when it comes to marketing or branding. Using the words “safe space,” easily baited the left into an extended social media conversation about free speech.

Whether he meant it or not, the Tweet has drawn Trump into a debate about how he will treat others’ speech as President, especially speech he doesn’t like.

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