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Mike Pence on entertainers' disrespectful attacks, Trump's first 100 days agenda

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," November 21, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And welcome to "Hannity." And tonight, the abusively biased mainstream alt left media, as I call them, and Hollywood liberals-- they're losing their collective minds over the fact that Donald Trump will be our next president. Now, Vice President-elect Governor Mike Pence will be here in just a minute with reaction.

But first tonight, ever since the election night, the press has been looking for excuses and explanations as to how they got the outcome so wrong, why their anointed candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost. Now, the latest pathetic attempt from the blatantly biased media is to blame President-elect Trump's victory on fake news stories. Really? Watch this.

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BRIAN STELTER, HOST, SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT, CNN/NOV. 19: Did the spread of fake news on the Web help elect Donald Trump? We may never know for sure. But researchers are asking the question because made-up false stories are polluting people's Facebook timelines and Twitter streams.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE, MSNBC, NOV. 15: In 2012, the fake news thing wasn't as big a factor, but you know, the reality that Facebook could actually throw an election has been well known for years.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE, "TODAY," NBC/NOV. 16: Now growing concern these fake stories may have had real influence on voters.

STELTER, NOV. 20: Fake news infects the left and the right. I've seen Clinton supporters sharing fake links this week with election-related conspiracy theories. But the evidence indicates that this is more of a problem on the right, among some, not all, but some Trump supporters.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: This is the same media that was caught colluding with Hillary Clinton's campaign. So what we're seeing here is the mainstream media is either so completely out of touch that they can't see why you, the American people, voted for Donald Trump, or they simply just refuse to tell the truth about what happened.

We're also seeing a similar backlash coming from Hollywood. Over the weekend, Vice president-elect Mike Pence right here in New York City, he attended the Broadway musical "Hamilton," where he was booed by the crowd and then verbally attacked by the cast on stage as they are unhinged, as well.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, TWITTER/@HAMILTONMUSICAL, NOV. 18)

BRANDON VICTOR DIXON, ACTOR: Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at "Hamilton: An American Musical." We really do. We, sir-- we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us--

(CHEERS)

--our planet, our children, our parents all defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: Now, Donald Trump, he took to Twitter to defend Vice president-elect Mike Pence. He demanded an apology, of course. The media, they only focused on Trump's response and ignored the incredibly rude and disrespectful attacks on Governor Mike Pence.

And that's not all. At the American Music Awards last night, the band Green Day, in what looked like a desperate attempt to try and become relevant again, they used a performance to lash out at Donald Trump also. Watch this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS"/DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS, NOV. 20)

GREEN DAY: No KKK, no Trump, no KKK, no factious USA! No Trump, no KKK, no factious USA!

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: And at the same awards show, one of the event's co-hosts, model Gigi Hadid, well, she mocked the future first lady, even went after Melania Trump.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

GIGI HADID, MODEL & CO-HOST: This is my Melania Trump impression. OK, I got to get the face right.

I love my husband, President Barack Obama.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: Now, these nasty attacks from the alt radical left are unfortunately just the beginning. Let's face it, there's going to be a continuous onslaught of vile, divisive rhetoric coming from the left.

So with that in mind, here's my advice unsolicited for Donald Trump and Governor Mike Pence tonight: Ignore it. Keep focusing on the promises you made to what I call the forgotten men and women in this election.

That means repeal and replace ObamaCare, lower taxes, repatriate corporate profits -- especially in inner cities -- build a border wall as promised, appoint originalist justices to the Supreme Court, fix the inner cities, education, energy independence, drain the swamp, identify our enemies for who they really are, say "radical Islam," vet those refugees from countries with values and cultures that contradict our constitutional values, negotiate free and fair trade.

Now, remember the forgotten men. They're the ones who voted.

Here with reaction is Vice president-elect Governor Mike Pence. Governor, I thought you had a really great line--

VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE: Hey, Sean.

HANNITY: --very classy line when you said that is what freedom sounds like. I loved that. I thought it was a very classy response from you.

PENCE: Thank you. Well, it's what I said to my daughter when we walked in. And you know, we wanted to go see "Hamilton." It's an extraordinary production, and frankly, we really enjoyed being there.

But walking in, we heard a number of people booing, then some people were cheering, and then there was more boos, more cheers. So I nudged my daughter when we got to our seats, and I said, Remember, Charlotte, that's what freedom sounds like.

HANNITY: That's a great line.

PENCE: You know, what I can tell you instead that, you know, I'll leave to others whether it was appropriate for one of the actors to address me from the stage at the end.

But what I want to assure everyone looking on is that as Donald Trump said the night he was elected as our next president, he is working every day to be president of all of the people of the United States of America.

And to see him in this transition, to see the range of people of diverse backgrounds that he's bringing around him, to see the policy implementation, the video that was released today about day one executive orders that he's going to sign to implement that America first agenda-- I can just tell you, it's been truly inspiring to be sitting shoulder to shoulder with our president-elect, and I'm absolutely convinced that come January 20th, he's going to make America great again.

HANNITY: Governor, what do you make of some of the reaction-- Look at college campuses, I mean, and even the protesting. You've been to Trump Tower in New York City. You know, cry rooms for college students, college students being given cocoa, hot cocoa by their professors and coloring books and Play-Doh and aromatherapy rooms. I mean, part of me wants to laugh, but it's so pathetic to me! What's your reaction to that?

(LAUGHTER)

PENCE: Well, I hadn't heard a lot of those things going on, Sean, but--

HANNITY: I'm glad you're busy.

PENCE: You know what-- yeah. We're working real hard on assembling a government around this great president-elect.

But I -- you know, I would just tell you, look, I -- I've been on the losing side of elections. I lost a couple of my own elections many years ago, and it's pretty tough. It's pretty disappointing.

But to people who are feeling generally anxious about the future, I would just tell you I wish they could be a fly on the wall in the room. We were up in New Jersey all weekend long as one impressive American after another came in, and to see the way our president-elect is asking the tough questions-- he's driving forward. He's assembling a team around him.

We've got a 100-day agenda to do exactly what you said in your monologue.  The president-elect and I have already met with members of Congress, leaders in the Congress. He's already said, I want to repeal ObamaCare right out of the gate and I want us to go straight to work on replacing it with free market reforms.

We're going to end illegal immigration, move legislation to accomplish that. We're going to reform taxes to jump start this economy. We're going to-- we're going to-- you're going the see this president-elect nominate strict constructionists to the Supreme Court. We're going to carry those judicial nominations forward in the days ahead for all the levels of our court.

One thing after another, repealing unconstitutional executive orders. It's going to be a very--

HANNITY: Everything--

PENCE: --exciting time, and we're going to see-- we're going to see the-- we're going to see a stronger America at home and abroad beginning on January 20th. I just know it with all my heart.

HANNITY: That was the agenda that got me to support Donald Trump and you in the campaign. That to me is the key because I think if you do those things, those Americans in Wisconsin-- you know, I watch these people in Hollywood. I don't think they understand people in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, the 95 million Americans out of the labor force that I talked about all last year.

Of that ambitious agenda, the only thing I heard that I'm a little bit hesitant about is, what, a trillion dollars on infrastructure. And I know Washington doesn't manage money well. Where are you going to get the trillion dollars? We already have $20 trillion in debt. That worries me a little bit. How do you pay for that?

PENCE: Well, first off, just remember all through the campaign, our president-elect talked about the crumbling infrastructure and the comparison between many American airports and airports around the world, and the fact that we need to marshal the resources and the national will to build an infrastructure to support a growing economy.

But there's a lot of ways to get to that trillion dollars. And I can tell you, from our experience in the state of Indiana, utilizing public and private partnerships, utilizing bonding authority and enlisting private capital, there's ways that you can do this that are going to be fiscally responsible but also give us the resources that we need to rebuild America.

And-- but it's all part of an overall agenda that's about reviving our economy, rebuilding our military, reaffirming our commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law, ending illegal immigration--

HANNITY: He can do so much--

(CROSSTALK)

HANNITY: The first three hours, he can undo--

PENCE: It's exciting.

HANNITY: --more than 75 percent, probably, of Obama's agenda.

PENCE: Well, that's right. Just a couple hours ago-- your viewers know this, but a couple hours ago, the president-elect just released a video outlining a series of executive orders that will begin to implement that make America great again agenda, that America first agenda literally on day one.

And whether it's ethics reform or trade reform or economic reform, regulatory reform, people can check out that video tonight and see that-- what I'm seeing every day is America has elected in President-elect Donald Trump a CEO who has rolled his sleeves up, and he's driving this transition, driving the planning, laying out a 100-day agenda, a 200-day agenda that's going to make America great again.

HANNITY: Listen, it's going to be a dramatic shift. I think the key to the economy, my own opinion, is the 15 percent corporate rate, the repatriation of trillions, eliminating ObamaCare and energy independence. We can't be dependent, which is the life blood of our economy, on countries that hate us.

Let me ask you this. He met with Governor Mitt Romney, a guy that called him a huckster, a fraud, and racist, all sorts of names during the campaign.

PENCE: Right.

HANNITY: And all these reports that he would consider him for secretary of state-- that kind of shocks me, especially when you have somebody like Rudy Giuliani who's on standby.

PENCE: Well, there's a number of people that he's considering for that role and for other very significant roles. And I think what the American people saw this weekend, and really since the election day, is a president- elect who is drawing Americans from diverse backgrounds around him. I will tell you that he and Governor Romney has a very cordial and a very substantive discussion--

HANNITY: Were you in the discussions?

PENCE: --and talked about foreign policy. Yeah, I was there for most of it. They did have some private time together.

HANNITY: Did they address the elephant in the room, which was how harsh Romney was to him in this election cycle?

PENCE: Well, you know, honestly, I think these are two people both of whom who have run for president nationally. The president-elect obviously won the election. Governor Romney came up short in his effort.

But you know, I think they're two people that have both said some tough things along the way. But what I saw in that room was in President-elect Donald Trump and in the graciousness of Governor Romney brought was two men that are completely focused on the country, completely focused on what's in the best interests --

HANNITY: That's interesting (ph) here.

PENCE: -- of the United States and America standing tall in the world and reviving our economy at home. And I was frankly very impressed with that discussion.

HANNITY: One last question. You see the attacks against Steve Bannon that have been debunked. They've attacked Senator Sessions. I know there's attacks against Rudy Giuliani because he did business with foreign countries. That was what his business was. Chuck Schumer talking about Supreme Court and all the things you'd expect. Would you want Mitch McConnell to use the nuclear option as Harry Reid did?

PENCE: Well, I think we-- you know, I would leave that to the leadership in the Senate. You know, I've met with the leadership of the House and Senate--

HANNITY: You're the president.

PENCE: --privately.

(CROSSTALK)

PENCE: That's right, and I--

HANNITY: He will be.

PENCE: But I would leave that to the members of the Senate to determine what's appropriate. But I honestly believe that going forward, whether it's Supreme Court appointment or more than one Supreme Court appointment, whether it's ending illegal immigration, whether it's repealing and replacing ObamaCare or reducing taxes, rolling back regulations-- I think the American people are about the see what it's like to have a president in the Oval Office who's going to take his case to the American people every day and marshal the support that saw him win that historic election.

I mean, to see the way the president-elect won places like Michigan and Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and Florida so decisively-- I mean, he truly has a mandate to lead this nation. And I think from day one, you're going to see him take the case to the American people, and we're going to work directly with the Congress and drive forward an agenda that's going to revive our nation and strengthen America at home and abroad.

HANNITY: Governor, you were a big help in that. My hope is really simple.  I want Americans to get their jobs back. I want America to prosper. I want our homeland protected, and I want America leading abroad. And not an easy task ahead of you. We wish you Godspeed. Thank you, sir.

PENCE: Well, thank you. Thank you, Sean. Thanks so much for the opportunity to be on tonight. The American people can be confident come January 20th they are going to have a president who fights every day for those forgotten men and women, for all of the American people, and he's going to put America first.

HANNITY: I called it the forgotten man election. People weren't paying attention to it. Governor, good to see you. Vice president-elect Pence, thank you.

And coming up-- a very busy weekend for President-elect Donald Trump as he continues working to fill key spots in his administration. Up next, we'll speak with Laura Ingraham and Dr. Ben Carson.

And then later tonight--

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "THIS MORNING"/CBS)

CHARLIE ROSE, HOST: The president-elect is demanding an apology.

DIXON: Yeah, I heard.

(LAUGHTER)

ROSE: We assume that no apology is forthcoming.

DIXON: There's nothing to apologize for.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: "Hamilton" actor who chastised Vice president-elect Pence over the weekend refuses to issue an apology. Ainsley Earhardt, Larry Elder-- they'll weigh in and much more tonight here on "Hannity."

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(NEWSBREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP: Today I would like to provide the American people with an update on the White House transition and our policy plans for the first 100 days. Our transition team is working very smoothly, efficiently and effectively. Truly great and talented men and women, patriots indeed, are being brought in, and many will soon to be a part of our government, helping us to make America to be great again. My agenda will be based on a simple core principle, putting America first.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: And welcome back to "Hannity." So President-elect Trump-- he had a full schedule today, including a sitdown with former Texas governor Rick Perry, among others. Now, earlier today, Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway discussed the many meetings taking place. Let's take a look.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

KELLYANNE CONWAY, TRUMP TRANSITION SENIOR ADVISER: Not everyone who has been interviewed with him and giving him advice and sharing their experiences and their vision for America-- not all of them will be in his cabinet or be in his federal government, but they all are incredibly important in offering their points of views, their experience and certainly their vision for the country.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: That was also a busy weekend for President-elect Trump. He met with some high-profile people who may be considering for positions in his amendment, including former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. Also spotted was New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who was an early Trump supporter, and retired Marine Corps general James "mad dog'' Mattis who is rumored to be a possible pick for secretary of defense, also met with Mr. Trump.

But the meeting that got the most attention was with a former foe, the 2012 GOP candidate for the presidency, Mitt Romney. Here with reaction, former 2016 presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson and editor-in-chief of Lifezette, Fox News contributor, nationally syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham.

Now, your name's out there a lot about a possible position. You're open to one.

LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Yeah. I mean (INAUDIBLE)

HANNITY: You were in New York just by coincidence?

INGRAHAM: I'm kind of like you, Sean. Sean, you and I, like, love what we do.

HANNITY: We do.

INGRAHAM: We just love-- on a daily basis, it's such a privilege to talk to the American people and hear what they have to say.

HANNITY: Well, they've mentioned your name. I'm never considered for dog catcher.

INGRAHAM: Well, that's because you're too rich.

(CROSSTALK)

INGRAHAM: The crumbs go further out (ph). No, I'm just kidding.

HANNITY: Oh, thanks a lot.

INGRAHAM: It's-- it's-- it's fun to be part of the mix, but look, I think they're doing other things that are frankly more important than press secretary (INAUDIBLE)

HANNITY: I am worried-- I think you'd be great, but I think it would drive you nuts.

INGRAHAM: Tell me why.

HANNITY: Because those people are vicious!

INGRAHAM: Yeah.

HANNITY: Look, and I-- it would be entertaining because I don't think you'd take their crap. I would enjoy watching it.

INGRAHAM: Yeah. Well, I think that the American people are little tired of the old game, the old press game, and I think they're on to the press people. I think they're on to the bias. Every poll shows that. And it's --

HANNITY: Why do you have to go out and talk to them every day anyway? You don't!

INGRAHAM: Well, he met with all these members of the press today--

HANNITY: I know.

INGRAHAM: --which I found kind of interesting. I mean, they're the ones who messed up. He got it right, and they're the ones who messed up their analysis. They got their predictions and projections wrong. Yeah, I think he's showing that he's very magnanimous. He sits down with some folks from Fox.

HANNITY: More gracious than I'd be.

INGRAHAM: Yeah, I mean, George Stephanopoulos-- I mean, most of these people just want to destroy him.

HANNITY: Oh, and they will.

(CROSSTALK)

INGRAHAM: --about Stephanopoulos. I'm talking about, like, all the these other, like--

HANNITY: CNN, NBC.

INGRAHAM: Yeah. So we know what they're about. So I'm not sure kind of what the point is of having the big kibbutz (sic) and- maybe there's some point to it. I don't know. Maybe it's just making people feel better or included. I don't know.

HANNITY: Dr. Carson, you had taken yourself out of consideration but I heard you are reconsidering whether or not you might serve. Is that true?

DR. BEN CARSON, R-FMR. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, first of all, you know, what I've always said is that my preference is to work outside of the government because I think there's so many important voices that need to be heard that are outside of the bubble.

But I never said that I would not serve under any circumstances. What I've said is after they've gone through the process and if they conclude that, you know, my services would be essential, I would certainly give that serious consideration, as would any good American, I think.

HANNITY: You know, Laura, a couple of people bother me. I'm a Rudy fan and I see that they're already attacking Sessions. I mean, he has a great- --

INGRAHAM: (INAUDIBLE) Jeff (INAUDIBLE)

HANNITY: Great Civil Rights record.

INGRAHAM: Oh, he's an amazing person!

HANNITY: Amazing.

INGRAHAM: Prosecuted the Klan, made sure that (INAUDIBLE) got a death penalty--

HANNITY: Right

INGRAHAM: --you know, Rosa Parks, you know-- you know, holiday.

HANNITY: Extended the Civil Rights Act for 30--

(CROSSTALK)

INGRAHAM: --with John Lewis on the 50th anniversary of bloody Sunday.

HANNITY: Right.

INGRAHAM: Great photo, and I tweeted it out today. I've known him for so long. And remember, one of the only votes that Arlen Specter said that--

HANNITY: He regretted.

INGRAHAM: --he regretted before he died was-- the only vote was voting against Jeff Sessions. That was after he became a Democrat.

HANNITY: Why am I worried-- look, I think to this day Mitt Romney would have been a great president.

INGRAHAM: Terrific.

HANNITY: I really believe that. But I really-- he called Trump a fraud, a huckster, and every other name and actively worked against him. If Donald Trump chooses him, I think it is a huge mistake!

INGRAHAM: I don't think someone who came out that vociferously and personally-- those weren't--

HANNITY: It was personal.

INGRAHAM: Those weren't substantive criticisms of Trump's trade or immigration or tax reform. That's one thing. I frankly don't even agree with that. If you're Republican and you're-- everyone played (ph) for you and rallied to-- you and I rallied to Romney and helped him, much as we could-- but that it was so nasty!

HANNITY: Personal.

INGRAHAM: And it was quoted-- how many times was Mitt Romney played in a Hillary Clinton ad? And so I guess, you know, have people in and-- and I guess it's magnanimous and gracious. But I think loyalty and competence and an ability to, you know, I think advocate on behalf of these issues, really important.

HANNITY: All right, we got one more segment. Dr. Carson, stay right there. More with Laura Ingraham, Dr. Carson.

And also tonight--

PENCE: Decisions have been made that-- by the president-elect that he wants to focus out of the gate on repealing ObamaCare and beginning the process of replacing ObamaCare.'

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: Repealing, replacing ObamaCare, a big promise President- elect Trump made on the campaign trail. How quickly can he get that done?  We'll continue with Dr. Carson and Laura Ingraham.

And then Ainsley Earhardt and Larry Elder will weigh in on the "Hamilton'' outrage and all these Hollywood celebrities losing their mind, out of touch with red America.

By the way, Ainsley's book still number one in the country now for the second week.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PENCE: We're working with the majorities in the House and Senate to move forward an aggressive agenda. Decisions have been made by the president- elect that he wants to focus out of the gate on repealing ObamaCare and beginning the process of replacing ObamaCare with the kind of free market solutions that he campaigned on.

From there, we'll work on issues ranging from ending illegal immigration, reviving our economy through tax reform, rebuilding the military, restoring the infrastructure of this country.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: That was Vice president-elect Mike Pence on "Fox News Sunday.''  He said repealing and replacing ObamaCare will be one of the first things that President-elect Trump will do after he is inaugurated.

We continue with Dr. Ben Carson and Laura Ingraham. What are your thoughts on what happened with Governor Romney, Dr. Carson?

CARSON: Well I think he wants to make it clear-- Donald Trump wants to make it clear that he's willing to listen to a variety of different opinions. And I don't-- one of the things that I've noticed about him is that he's a very good judge of character and a good judge of intent. So assessing that in Mitt Romney. And I don't think he's going to do anything that would be unwise here.

HANNITY: You see how they're attacking General Flynn. You see what they did to Bannon. You see that they're trying to set the stage if Rudy gets an appointment. How much political collateral is Trump allowed to use here? in other words, how much--

CARSON: I think he's allowed--

HANNITY: Yeah. Go ahead.

CARSON: I think--

HANNITY: How far is he willing to go to fight for these guys?

CARSON: I think he will fight extremely hard. He's learned, you mow, the tricks of the media. You know, everybody's a racist. Everybody's a homophobe, you know, just silliness. And he's going to call them out on that, and I certainly will call people out on that.

And let's talk about the actual issues. And if you want to accuse somebody of something, come up with something very specific and let's talk about that, rather than these broad generalizations that they always do.

HANNITY: Laura?

INGRAHAM: I think you see the wisdom of what Reagan did. I think it was week six after he was--

HANNITY: (INAUDIBLE) political capital, but I don't want to talk about political collateral. Go ahead.

INGRAHAM: Collateral damage.

(CROSSTALK)

HANNITY: Exactly.

INGRAHAM: But you see what Reagan did six weeks into his president-elect status is he I think named six or eight-- six or eight, I can't remember which-- cabinet members. So-- all at once. So I think dropping a few names here and there--

(CROSSTALK)

INGRAHAM: --allows the left and all of the left-wing interest groups and CNN and-- to just go, you know, burrow down into their negativity and their cynicism and the nastiness that turns people away from politics, which is why people don't want to serve in administrations. They're like, I've had enough of this.

HANNITY: You're willing to consider it?

INGRAHAM: I am willing to consider it. And there was one reason.

HANNITY: Why?

INGRAHAM: For my country. That would be the only reason I would do it.

HANNITY: Would it do it for the money?

INGRAHAM: I would do it for my country and I would do it really well and I would be really fair, but only for the country, because --

HANNITY: But the reason I like the agenda, I like first of all, I like the Supreme Court originalists, I like the corporate tax rate at 15 percent, I like repatriation, I like building the wall, I like vetting refugees, I want to get rid of Obamacare, education back to the states. All of these things matter, and energy independence is big. If he did all of those things --

INGRAHAM: Oh my God, it would be great.

HANNITY: -- the country would be so much better off. Good luck.

INGRAHAM: Good to see you.

HANNITY: By the way, I'm just going to go in, and "Excuse me?"

INGRAHAM: Guards, can you remove him? Thank you. Immediately.

HANNITY: By the way, it's would must see TV if Laura becomes the press secretary, it will be fun.

And coming up next tonight right here on "Hannity."

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "THIS MORNING"/CBS)

ROSE: The president-elect is demanding an apology.

DIXON: Yeah. I heard.

(LAUGHTER)

ROSE: We assume that no apology is forthcoming.

DIXON: There's nothing to apologize for.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: All right, the "Hamilton" actor who gave vice president-elect Mike Pence an earful over the weekend, he refuses to apologize. We'll check in with Ainsley Earhardt, by the way, she has the number one book in the country, and Larry Elder. They'll weigh in next.

And later tonight, could the incoming Trump administration bring back the use of enhanced interrogation techniques? We'll check in with Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North straight ahead tonight on HANNITY.

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HANNITY: Welcome back to "Hannity." So there's fresh fallout over the Broadway musical "Hamilton" and the public lecture one of its star actors delivered to vice president-elect Mike Pence following a performance that he attended over the weekend. Now president-elect Trump, he's demanding an apology from Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who delivered the pointed remarks to Pence. Says he has nothing to apologize for. Shocking. Watch this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

DIXON: The most important thing with respect to all of the emotions that everybody is feeling after this election is to make sure that people recognize that we are not alone. We are here together. And we need to listen to one another and speak with one another, and those of us who feel like maybe their voice has been marginalized or might become marginalized, it's important that they recognize there are allies all over the place.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The president-elect is demanding an apology.

DIXON: I heard.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We assume that no apology is forthcoming.

DIXON: There's nothing to apologize for.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: Joining us now with reaction, national syndicated Salem radio talk show host, Larry Elder, as well -- see that book, the number one book in America now for well over a week, "Take Heart my Child, A Mother's Dream," of course she is the co-host of "Fox & Friends" -- why are you laughing?

AINSLEY EARHARDT, HOST, "FOX & FRIENDS": Because it's so surreal. It's so surreal.

HANNITY: Can you believe it?

EARHARDT: Thank you. Larry, aren't our viewers just the best? Sean, aren't they best?

HANNITY: Honestly, it is a blessing.

EARHARDT: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

HANNITY: I don't know what to make of this. Pence was really gracious.  We just had him on. I loved his response. That's what freedom sounds like. Even when they boo you or they speak their mind -- I thought that was a pretty cool response.

EARHARDT: You're right. We live in a great country where you're entitled to your views and your opinions. My problem was he did handle it with grace and dignity just like he always does, a quintessential Christian and quintessential gentleman.

But what does bother me about this, Sean, is that they do have the right to say this, but he went to support them. He's sitting in their house. When a guest comes to your house, you treat them with respect. You're nice to your visitors. And he paid money, a lot of money for his whole family to go to that event --

HANNITY: By the way, the tickets aren't cheap. They're $800 a ticket

EARHARDT: Imagine sitting and you feel -- it's kind of bullying a little bit. Imagine sitting in the audience and everyone is looking at you and booing you and they're giving you a lecture when you're there to see them.

HANNITY: I agree with you. But after hearing about, Larry, all of the cry rooms and the aromatherapy and the pet therapy and the dog therapy and college kids getting Play Dough and coloring books, I can't handle it.  Grow up. You're a bunch of whiney crybabies. I don't know what to make of all this.

LARRY ELDER, SALEM RADIO NATIONAL SYNDICATED HOST: I thought it was condescending. I thought it was disrespectful. The man is coming to see a play and an actor gives him a lecture about diversity and about protecting America? Are you kidding me?

Speaking about diversity, this is a play whose producers once put out a casting call for nonwhite actors, and how much diversity do you think there is in the audience when, as you pointed out, some of these tickets go for $2,000? And about protecting America -- on January 20th, Trump and Pence are going to take an oath to defend and protect the constitution and they don't need some lecture from some stage actor about their job.

And regarding defending and protecting the country, if I were an actor, and Obama, by the way, saw this play, and I decided that Obama was not protecting the country because of the Iran deal, because of pulling out prematurely out of Iraq, because of the failure to vet some of these Syrian refugees, and I stood up there and said that, I would never work again.  That's how intolerant this industry is for conservatives and for Republicans.

HANNITY: Let me bring up another issue. So the American Music Awards this weekend, it's all part of this Trump derangement syndrome by the alt radical left in the country. They're losing their minds. But, all right, I think Trump is fair game. Mike Pence is fair game. I don't like when people go after the kids of politicians. I never have and I'm not going to. Why are you going after their wife? This is what, I guess, the model Gigi Hadid, whatever her name is, said and made fun of Melania Trump.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is my Melania Trump impression. I got to get the face right.

I love my husband, president Barack Obama.

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HANNITY: All right, now our own Ainsley Earhardt, she knows Melania Trump and had an interview not that long ago. Watch this.

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MELANIA TRUMP, DONALD TRUMP'S WIFE: I'm very strong, I'm very confident, and I can handle everything. But what I will not allow are people saying lies about me, saying lies about my family, my husband.

EARHARDT: What lie made you the most upset, and how would you like to set the record straight?

MELANIA TRUMP: The lie was that I was working as an escort. That is not true. It just terrible what's going on out there.

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HANNITY: Ainsley, isn't English her fifth language?

EARHARDT: Fifth language. She's extremely smart. So I saw that as they were making fun of her and making fun of her accent. You're talking about the cry rooms, the therapy dogs. I'm like, if you're in college --

HANNITY: I love the Play Dough and the coloring books.

EARHARDT: Go to a party.

HANNITY: Give them your book.

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EARHARDT: This is what I say to the super models and the actors and the singers, like, sing, walk the runway. Do what you're hired to do. We don't care about your political opinions. Hillary Clinton had all these celebrities come to her event. It didn't work.

HANNITY: It didn't help.

EARHARDT: Because the flyover states, the southern states, we can't relate to that. No one cares about Hollywood.

HANNITY: By the way, Larry grew up in South Central, which may be close to Hollywood, but it's light years away.

ELDER: It is.

HANNITY: But all of these people in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, D.C., they don't understand Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio.

EARHARDT: Right.

ELDER: Kansas, Utah, Kentucky, Alabama.

EARHARDT: That's why they lost.

HANNITY: And they don't want to understand. And that's why they lost. I agree with you. Larry, what's your reaction? Last word.

ELDER: And about this ridicule of Melania Trump, wasn't it Madeleine Albright, Sean, who said there's a special place in hell for women who don't support women? And I'm more offended by what Green Day did. Green Day compare Donald Trump to the KKK and to fascism.

EARHARDT: When was their last hit?

HANNITY: Yes, 25 years ago.

ELDER: And with Barack Obama who made us all buy health insurance whether we wanted it, whether we could afford it, whether we needed it, that's the definition of a government tell you what to do. I thought music was all about young people being rebellious against the establishment. Where's the anti-Obama song?

EARHARDT: He's not relevant anymore. They haven't had a hit in a long time.

HANNITY: No KKK, no fascist USA.

ELDER: Right.

HANNITY: Congrats on the book. Number one in the country. Larry, good to see you as always, thank you.

ELDER: You too, thank you.

HANNITY: And coming up, during the campaign, president-elect Trump said he wouldn't rule out the possibility of bringing back enhanced interrogation techniques. We'll check in with Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North. That's straight ahead.

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TRUMP: So what do you think about waterboarding. I said I like it a lot. I don't think it's tough enough.

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TRUMP: We have people chopping off heads and drowning 30, 40, 50 people at a time in steel cages, right. Nobody has ever seen this before. This is like from the middle ages. You know, you have to fight fire with fire.

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HANNITY: That was president-elect Donald Trump on the campaign trail leaving open the possibility for the U.S. to once again start using enhanced interrogation technique. Now, over the weekend Senator John McCain voiced his concern over waterboarding, saying that the United States will never use the tactic again. But vice president-elect Mike Pence wouldn't rule out the possible return of enhanced interrogation in a Trump administration. Watch this.

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PENCE: A president Donald Trump is going to focus on confronting and defeating radical Islamic terrorism as a threat to this country. And we're going to have a president again who will never say what we'll never do.  

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HANNITY: Joining us now with reaction from inside Iraq, he's been there for 14 days, my friend, host of "War Stories," Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, as well as the author of the bestselling book "Defeating Jihad" Dr. Sebastian Gorka. Colonel, you actually asked a lot of the men and women there in the battle for Mosul what they thought of the election. What did they tell you? I think we've got the tape.

LT. COL. OLIVER NORTH, "WAR STORIES" HOST: It's been a fascinating scene here, Sean. We had an Iranian Shiite militia trying to break through the cordon into Mosul this afternoon. We had to hide our cameras and managed to get a little documentation on it if you want to see it. We also had some great, young Iraqi soldiers.

Let's go with the Iranian standoff first. That is the Iranian militia.  These are guys that are led, supported, directed by the Iranians. They have no business being in Mosul. The agreement was that they wouldn't to near Mosul, and now they tried to get it. There was a standoff this afternoon. It got dicey, as a matter of fact.

HANNITY: You're right there in the middle of it. I hope you're armed.

Tell us about what the soldiers that you've been meeting have been saying about the election, here, colonel.

NORTH: You've got a young Iraqi special operations soldier, Griff Jenkins asked him what he thought of the Trump administration. Here is what he had to say.

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GRIFF JENKINS, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: What do you think about the election?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The election? Oh, Trump? Trump? Very good. He is going to make America great again.

JENKINS: Is it good for America, and you from Iraq?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm from Iraq.

JENKINS Do you think Trump will be good for Iraq?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, it's good because he'll tell the truth. He's good for Iraq.

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HANNITY: He said the majority had that same sentiment.

NORTH: Yes, I think most people do. Certainly the U.S. soldiers that we've been with, we've been at it for two weeks now. We've covered just about every part of the country we possibly could. The Kurds like President Trump. They're looking forward to having a chance to chat with him about the future and what's going on here. And certainly the Iraqi soldiers that we have been with, the special operations troops like that young soldier you just saw there, he believes in it. So I don't know where the controversy is but it's certainly not over here. They're looking forward to a Trump administration.

HANNITY: Dr. Gorka, obviously Trump is inheriting a mess, and that is ISIS. The fact that we pulled out in cities that Americans fought, bled, and died for, Mosul and Ramadi and Tikrit and Fallujah now have to be fought over again just drives me insane because this president didn't have the wisdom to stay there and created the vacuum for ISIS. What do we do at this point now? What is the best advice you can give Trump?

DR. SEBASTIAN GORKA, AUTHOR, "DEFEATING JIHAD": The very first thing that the president has to do is he has to rebuild our relations in the Middle East. Our most-important regional partners, the Egyptians, the Jordanians, have been disrespected, have been shunned in the last eight years, and they are the key to winning. The Kurds are great, but the Kurds are a very small fighting force and they're not going to be recognized in Sunni areas.

So it's going to be a lot of serious presidential diplomacy to convince everybody in the region who want to be our friend that America is back and we wish to help you and we have your six. We're not about invading these countries, we're not neoconservatives, but we're here to help protect you protect your countries. That is the first thing that the 45th president has to do.  

HANNITY: Colonel, I know you have greetings. These guys wanted to say hi to their friend back home for Thanksgiving and their families.

NORTH: They do indeed, Sean. And we've got a whole bunch of them schooled up for everybody to see. All they have to do is turn their TVs on 24-7, they'll get to see these youngsters that are out here serving our country in uniform, 101 airborne division. These are great, great young soldiers.

HANNITY: I know, Colonel, you've been gone 14 days. You better get home.  You're going to be in trouble if you are not home for Thanksgiving. I saw your e-mail this weekend. Safe home, my friend.

NORTH: Bless you.

HANNITY: Thank you both.

Quick programming note, be sure to watch "War Stories" with Colonel Oliver North on the FOX Business Network this Sunday, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. eastern.

And coming up, we have a very important "Question of the Day." It has to do with Obama, and will he have the class of George W. Bush? Next.

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HANNITY: All right, time for our "Question of the Day." So how soon do you think President Obama is going to lash out at president-elect Donald Trump after he's inaugurated? Is it 24 hours, 36? He's not going to be able to contain it. I promise you it will be entertainment. He doesn't have the class George W. Bush has. Go to Facebook.com/SeanHannity, @SeanHannity on Twitter, let us know what you think.

As always, thank you for being with us. That's all the time we have left this evening. We'll see you back here tomorrow night.

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