Pardon Mike Pence if, as he sought a bit of a diversion from the demands of being vice president-elect by heading to a nearby theater, he flashed back to a baseball diamond in Indiana.

The Indiana governor was booed as he took his seat before the performance of “Hamilton” was to begin, a mirror of the inhospitable reception he received last spring when he threw out the first pitch before the Indianapolis Indians’ home opener.

Just as with Friday night’s play, there were cheers as well, though boos dominated at the ballpark.

“A lot of people were booing him,” Lindsay Watson, who recorded the first pitch, told The Indy Star in April. “There were a few people cheering but not many. More boos than cheers.”

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Boos at a ballpark or a theater aren’t terribly surprising, even though President-elect Donald Trump called the boos “very rude” and demanded that the “Hamilton” cast apologize for calling out Pence with a statement about inclusion.

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Back in the spring, The Star offered this context for Pence’s reception:

Pence’s popularity in the state has slipped since a national firestorm last year over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a religious objections law that critics feared would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians. Pence garnered controversy again last month when he signed one of the most restrictive antiabortion bills in the nation.
The Republican governor’s hard-line stance on such hot-button issues has earned him praise from social conservatives, a key constituency in Indiana.

Pence, in an appearance on Fox on Sunday morning, said he was not offended by the “Hamilton” cast’s message or the boos, just as he seemed unfazed at the ballpark last spring. “I nudged my kids and reminded them that’s what freedom sounds like,” he said Sunday.

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