Broadway actor Leslie Odom Jr., playing the role of Aaron Burr in the popular musical "Hamilton," slammed Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as a "sniveling troglodyte" at an event last week with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).
That was enough for Glenn Beck, a top surrogate for Cruz, to say the door is "sealed" on his chances of ever seeing the hit Broadway show.
"Ted Cruz just doesn't get it, and the press doesn't get it either," Odom, playing Burr, said at the event. "Ted Cruz — forget that sniveling troglodyte, that smug pile of expired Pillsbury crescent dough, that rancid state fair butter sculpture teeming with flies and maggots."
"Cancer is more likable than Ted Cruz, OK?" he continued. "Thanks for playing — buh-bye!"
Beck, who said many have told him he should see "Hamilton," wanted to give Odom the benefit of the doubt, suggesting he may have been mimicking the type of personal insults that were commonplace in politics in Alexander Hamilton's day.
"In Hamilton's time, when Thomas Jefferson ran against Adams, we love the ads and the things that were said in op-eds because, if you think things were grotesque today, literally Adams said, 'If Jefferson gets in, your women and your children will be raped in the streets, and your children will be writhing on pikes down the city streets,'" Beck said.
But the conservative radio show host ultimately ruled against any chance Odom may have been quoting from the musical.
"He's not [quoting the play], because it's all current reference," Beck said. "And nobody seems to have a problem with it. ... I mean, you say these things and, you know, I guess it's one thing if our side is saying that about our side, it's one thing."
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