Steven Van Zandt is likely best known as one of the members of The E Street Band alongside Bruce Springsteen. For others, he might be Silvio, Tony Soprano’s consigliere and owner of the Bada Bing on The Sopranos. Today, a whole new group of people might know him as the guy who took Donald Trump’s side in the ongoing controversy surrounding Vice President-Elect Mike Pence and the cast of the musical Hamilton. That’s a fairly wayward assessment to make based on Van Zandt’s words alone, but it makes a little more sense once you begin to read the responses.
You have to start at the beginning, though, and for that, it starts following the events of Friday night and the online outrage from Trump and others in regards to the “lecture” aimed at Pence by the cast of the Broadway hit. It came at the end of the show, but this isn’t stopping Van Zandt in joining with others that are calling the situation a mistake: