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Trump wants an apology, but ‘Hamilton’ actor says no need for that

Donald Trump demanded an apology from the “Hamilton” cast, but he’s going to have to wait for it — indefinitely.  

On Monday, “Hamilton” actor Brandon Victor Dixon took to “CBS This Morning” to discuss the events that occurred Friday night at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, which the president-elect called “rude” and “terrible behavior” toward Mike Pence.

Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway production, called out to the vice-president elect at curtain call, imploring him to stop before reading a prepared speech by the “Hamilton” creatives including Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail and producer Jeffrey Seller.

While Pence said he was not offended by the remarks, Trump has called on the cast to apologize for this “harassment.”

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But according to Dixon, “there’s nothing to apologize for.”

“Conversation is not harassment,” said Dixon. “I know some people have said that a one-sided conversation, or a lecture, is not conversation, but it was the beginnings of a conversation I hope that we can continue to have.”

Dixon said Seller asked him to speak on behalf of the “Hamilton” team about an hour and a half before curtain. He was happy to do so, noting that the words were a message of love and unity.

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“Art is meant to bring people together. It’s meant to raise consciousness,” said Dixon.

Dixon said he appreciated that Pence stayed to listen to their message and invited Pence to continue the conversation with the “Hamilton” crew. He also said Trump was welcome to see the Broadway hit.

“I think it’s important for everybody to see a show like ours,” Dixon said.

tracy.brown@latimes.com

Twitter: @tracycbrown

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