Lin-Manuel Miranda jabs Bolton over book title’s similarity to ‘Hamilton’ lyric
Lin-Manuel Miranda on Thursday hit former national security adviser John Bolton over not testifying during President Trump’s impeachment proceedings, pointing out the similarity between the title of Bolton’s forthcoming memoir and a “Hamilton” lyric.
Miranda tweaked lyrics from his blockbuster Broadway musical to accuse Bolton of using the “song title to write a cash-in book when they could have testified before Congress.”
“The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” set for release Tuesday, has made headlines for its scathingly negative portrait of Trump.
Miranda also linked to a website to volunteer with Fair Fight, the voting rights organization launched by Stacey Abrams.
Let me tell you what I wish I’d known
When I was young and dreamed of glory
You have no control
Who lives, who dies, who
[borrows your song title to write a cash-in book when they could have testified before Congress]
tells your story…https://t.co/mJlJaxGDnf
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 18, 2020
Bolton last year declined to testify during the impeachment inquiry, which looked into whether Trump threatened to withhold military assistance to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into the president’s political foes. The former national security adviser, who was ousted from the White House in September, said he would testify pursuant to a subpoena if a court ordered his testimony, an option that House Democrats chose not to pursue.
Bolton has faced widespread criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike this week after the first excerpts of his memoir were published on Wednesday. The book alleges that Trump asked for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s assistance in winning reelection, interfered in the justice system to curry favor with world leaders and was unfamiliar with basic facts of history and geography.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) slammed Bolton for not testifying during the impeachment proceedings.
He tweeted Wednesday that “Bolton may be an author, but he’s no patriot.”
Bolton’s staff were asked to testify before the House to Trump’s abuses, and did. They had a lot to lose and showed real courage.
When Bolton was asked, he refused, and said he’d sue if subpoenaed. Instead, he saved it for a book.
Bolton may be an author, but he’s no patriot.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 17, 2020
GOP Rep. Doug Collins (Ga.), who is running for the Senate and served as a leading figure in the GOP’s opposition to impeachment, tweeted Wednesday: “$2 million. Apparently that’s all it took for John Bolton to sell off what little credibility he had left.”
Apparently that’s all it took for John Bolton to sell off what little credibility he had left.
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) June 17, 2020
Trump and his aides have forcefully denied the allegations in Bolton’s book.
“He was a washed-up guy. I gave him a chance. He couldn’t get Senate confirmed so I gave him a non-Senate confirmed position where I could just put him there, see how he worked,” the president said Wednesday evening, dismissing Bolton as a liar.
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that the memoir is “full of classified information, which is inexcusable.”
The Department of Justice is currently suing Bolton in an effort to prevent the book’s publication.