Donald Trump isn’t letting slights go — even after the ego-boosting accomplishment of winning the presidency.
As the Republican President-elect greeted candidates for Cabinet position at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course Sunday, he couldn’t resist another shot at the cast of the musical “Hamilton” — which had read a message directly to Vice President-elect Mike Pence after he attended the Broadway production Friday night.
With Pence looking on silently, Trump told reporters the remarks were “very inappropriate.”
It marked the second straight day of Trump, now back in control of a Twitter account aides had wrested away in the closing stages of the campaign, raging against “Hamilton.”
And more importantly, it was a continuation of Trump’s months-long penchant for lashing out after ego-bruising moments. Those outbursts have most often come on Twitter, and include his criticism of Megyn Kelly following her sharp questioning in the first GOP primary debate and his attack on a 1996 beauty queen’s weight after Hillary Clinton cited her in a debate. The “Hamilton” episode shows Trump’s tactics aren’t changing, even though he won.
Trump is currently interviewing candidates to form his Cabinet, receiving his first intelligence briefings and beginning to develop relationships with congressional leaders to enact his policy vision for America.
But on Sunday, the first words he offered were about Hamilton.
“The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior,” Trump tweeted at 6:22 a.m. ET.
At 8:26 a.m., Trump had another bone to pick — this time with NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which lampooned him as only now realizing the gravity of the presidency in its opening skit.
“I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?” he tweeted.
But “Hamilton” — the critically acclaimed musical about the nation’s founding fathers — has been Trump’s most frequent target