Recounts, Hamilton, dodging the media: The Trump transition

Benjamin Hummel Columnist

The past couple of weeks have not been great for President-elect Trump. 

With the repossession of his Twitter account, he has managed to dig himself into new holes, and even questioned the legitimacy of the election he won with one of his latest tweets: “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” 

Maybe this should not come as a surprise to anyone, but Trump seems to have lost the substance of his own argument against a recount. If anything, this is only providing more grounds for the democratic establishment to conduct an investigation into the election. 

Delving further into the conflict surrounding our president-elect is a harrowing experience, but is not complete without his feud with the cast, and consequently its millions of fans, of the Broadway musical and pop culture phenomenon, “Hamilton.” 

While many of its actors and actresses have openly expressed their distaste of Trump in ad campaigns, they drew Trump’s attention when Vice President-elect Mike Pence was asked to stay after the curtain call. 

Actor Victor Dixon, who plays antagonist and narrator Aaron Burr, stepped out during the applause and asked Pence to stay behind. The audience, who had greeted Pence with boos before the show began, was asked by Dixon to stop booing, and asked Pence to listen to a plea from the cast who was composed of “different colors, creeds, and orientations.” Despite Pence saying in a Fox News interview that he was not offended by the speech, Trump saw fit to scold the actors, claiming that the theater should be a safe place.

Another concern cropping up, shared by many Americans, is that Trump cannot seem to resist making matters worse in order to protect his ego. 

The presidency is not a place for the thin-skinned, as criticism can be thrown at the drop of a hat. If President Obama were to lose his cool after the Filipino President, Rodrigo Duterte, openly insulted him and his administration, the global community would rethink negotiations with the United States. 

One can only imagine what scandals an affluent businessman with a playboy personality have wracked up in the past that could generate conflict, and taking the ones already unearthed in the duration of the election, perhaps America ought to sit back and brace themselves for unsettling news.

Benjamin Hummel is an English and speech & communications major at SDSU and can be reached at [email protected]