A longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s thoughts on why he thinks Donald Trump would be a dangerous president come as no surprise.
“He earned my contempt with his comments on John McCain, and his doubling down on the Gold Star family just made me sick to my stomach,” the “Hamilton” creator explains in a new interview with Variety.
For those who don’t know, Miranda is referring to Trump’s dismissive response to Khizr Khan’s emotional DNC speech. The father of a U.S. soldier who died in a car bombing in Iraq, Khan made a passionate plea during the convention, to which Trump suggested that the likes of his son should not be allowed in the United States.
“It made me sick to my stomach that a candidate, who is seen by the rest of the world, is going after a military family. There’s no excuse for it. And his defense: ‘I was attacked?’ What do you think is going to happen when you’re president? If you can’t handle a speech, how are you going to handle aggression from another country? That really scared a lot of people, and it scared me.”
Revising his original opinion about Trump, Miranda tells the magazine “I got interviewed a year ago, and I said he was ‘an annoyance gone national’ – that was very early in the primary,” he remembered. “I think we’ve long since crossed that line.”
The “Hamilton” creator is not only focusing his energy in getting Hillary Clinton to the White House, but also in getting out the vote, no matter who you are planning on voting for by creating three advertisements to encourage voter turnout.
“My goal is to get everyone voting as much as possible. Because you don’t want 40 per cent of the nation to decide who our president is. You want a majority. You want a mandate. You want to hear the will of the electorate. Whether that breaks with my personal interest or not, it is in the interest of the common good for as many people to show up as possible.”