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Opinion: Should Trump take to Twitter to defend Mike Pence after cast of 'Hamilton' lectured him?

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: A close-up view of the homepage of the microblogging website Twitter on June 1, 2011 in London, England. Anonymous Twitter users have recently claimed to reveal the identity of numerous high-profile individuals who have taken out legal privacy injunctions. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

After Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by theater-goers at Richard Rodgers Theater as he attended a performance of "Hamilton," social media lit up with opinions from every corner. Some felt the cast behaved poorly and "lectured him" from the stage; some felt the cast was sincerely expressing their anxieties about a Donald Trump presidency; some felt Pence's silence in the aftermath indicated a lack of concern; others felt it indicated a graciousness.

Social media, as it has been through this entire election, was a hodgepodge of thoughts -- some deep, others not so much -- on the matter.  And, never one to be outdone, President-elect Donald Trump weighed in on Twitter as well. And weighed in again. And again.

Whether it's appropriate for Trump to be such a prolific tweeter (how does he have the time?) is debatable — it's a new world, both technologically speaking and president-elect speaking. It may just be the modern version of the fireside chat — a way for the president to speak directly to the people. So, tweet away, sir.

However, it's seems a tad disrespectful to Mr. Pence, who probably doesn't need the protection. He seems to have handled the episode well. Furthermore, and more to the point, there's something a little disturbing about a man with the kind of power Trump now possesses calling a theater production "overrated." It implies an unworthiness that his supporters are already latching onto (the cast of Hamilton did not help themselves in this regard. For what it's worth, this is how you properly boycott something -- hit em in the pocketbook.)

As Charles Cooke from National Review noted Sunday morning on Twitter:

There's also the chance that Trump taking to Twitter is less about protecting his right-hand man and more about diverting attention from some of the more unsavory aspects of his past life:

In any event, with concerns mounting about  some of Trump's cabinet choices, it may make a little sense for the new administration to calm fears rather than fan the flames on social media. And apparently, the show, at least to some, isn't all that overrated.

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