Amid Transition Controversy, Trump Attacks Actors on Twitter

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President-elect Donald Trump is continuing his social media attacks on pop culture figures, targeting “Saturday Night Live” and the cast of “Hamilton” in his latest tweets — all despite his vice president-elect’s insistence that he “wasn’t offended” by the actors in the Broadway musical.

Mr. Trump’s tweets against members of the entertainment industry come just as the president-elect is facing mounting scrutiny over his transition team, business ties, and fraud case settlement.

Of NBC’s comedy show, Mr. Trump called it Sunday “totally one-sided” and “biased,” saying he found “nothing funny at all.”

Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump 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? 7:26 AM – 20 Nov 2016 11,148 11,148 Retweets 43,951 43,951 likes

He then asked if there would be “equal time for us?” — a seeming reference to equal time rules enforced by the Federal Communications Commission during the political campaign season that ensure if one candidate gets air time, the others are also allotted equal television exposure. There are no equal time laws once a candidate is elected.

Alec Baldwin, who acted as the president-elect on SNL, issued swift Twitter responses to Mr. Trump’s criticisms, telling the future president to focus instead on leading the American people rather than attacking comedians:

Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump 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?

ABFoundation ✔ @ABFalecbaldwin …@realDonaldTrump You know what I would do if I were Prez? I’d be focused on how to improve the lives of AS MANY AMERICANS AS POSSIBLE. 9:08 AM – 20 Nov 2016 2,606 2,606 Retweets 8,269 8,269 likes 

ABFoundation ✔ @ABFalecbaldwin …@realDonaldTrump I’d be focused on improving our reputation abroad, including actually fighting for freedom and not just oil. 9:11 AM – 20 Nov 2016 1,747 1,747 Retweets 6,643 6,643 likes 

ABFoundation ✔ @ABFalecbaldwin …@realDonaldTrump I would make appointments that encouraged people, not generate fear and doubt. . 9:23 AM – 20 Nov 2016 2,162 2,162 Retweets 7,750 7,750 likes

The president-elect also continued to blast the cast and producers of of Tony-winning Broadway musical Hamilton, saying the musical is “highly overrated” and again demanding an apology on behalf of his vice president-elect Mike Pence “for their terrible behavior.”

Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior 5:22 AM – 20 Nov 2016 20,157 20,157 Retweets 75,841 75,841 likes

Trump’s Sunday tweet against Broadway’s hit musical — a hip-hop take on the biography of American founding father Alexander Hamilton — spilled over from earlier this week, when Pence attended a Friday showing in New York.

While some in the audience booed (along with others who cheered), the cast at curtain call addressed Pence directly with a respectful plea.

The star who plays Vice President Aaron Burr, Brandon Victor Dixon read a statement to Pence, thanking him for attending, and adding “we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us.”

“We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us,” Dixon said.

Hamilton ✔ @HamiltonMusical Tonight, VP-Elect Mike Pence attended #HamiltonBway. After the show, @BrandonVDixon delivered the following statement on behalf of the show. 10:16 PM – 18 Nov 2016 160,418 160,418 Retweets 248,476 248,476 likes

“We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us,” Dixon said.

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