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Pence on Hamilton Boos: 'What Freedom Sounds Like'

Pence said he 'wasn’t offended by what was said' by one the lead actors during the curtain call.
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Vice President-elect Mike Pence, top center, leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre after a performance of "Hamilton," in New York, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.Andres Kudacki / AP

Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Sunday referred to the boos and lecturing he received when he went to see the Broadway musical "Hamilton" on Friday night as "what freedom sounds like."

Pence said he "wasn’t offended by what was said” by one the lead actors during the curtain call. Actor Brandon Victory Dixon, standing next to others in the cast as Pence began to leave the hall, asked Pence to “work on behalf of all of us” during a nearly two-minute impassioned message directed toward the next vice president.

The Republican, who is spending this weekend in Bedminster, N.J., meeting with potential administration selections, attended the show on Friday night, prompting a flurry of reactions over the weekend, including multiple tweets by Trump calling on the cast to “apologize” to Pence.

But on Sunday, Pence, in his first public statements about the aftermath, called the production a “great show” and insisted that his family “really enjoyed being there."

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He suggested he would “leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue” to express that message — instead, he asserted that the message was understood.

"I just want to reassure anyone — anyone including the actor who spoke that night — that President-elect Donald Trump is going to be president of all the people," Pence said on CBS.

Pence went as far as to suggest others "go to see" the "great show."