“My daughter and I and her cousins really enjoyed the show. Hamilton is just an incredible production and incredibly talented people,” Pence, 57, said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. “It was a real joy to be there. When we arrived, we heard a few boos and we heard some cheers, and I nudged my kids and reminded them that’s what freedom sounds like.”
He continued, “I wasn’t offended by what was said. I’ll leave it to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it.”
The Vice President-elect also affirmed that the new administration would work to bring Americans together, a fear expressed by the Hamilton cast.
“I just want to reassure people that what President-elect Donald Trump said on election night, he absolutely meant it from the bottom his heart,” Pence said. “He is preparing to be the president of all of the people of the United States of America.”
Pence, who has been a crusader for anti-LGBTQ legislation throughout his career, paid a visit to the hottest musical on Broadway and received heavy boos from the audience upon his arrival.
Broadway has been a safe-haven for the LGBTQ community for years — accepting, employing and championing many of its members. Hamilton itself stars a diverse cast lead by Javier Muñoz in the title role — an openly gay, HIV-positive actor.
During a post-curtain call speech at New York’s Richard Rodgers Theatre that quickly went viral, the Broadway cast addressed him directly and asked the audience not to boo, saying “we’re all sharing a story of love.”
“We welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton: An American Musical — we really do,” Brandon Victor Dixon — who plays former vice president Aaron Burr in the show — said. “We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us.”
Many weighed in on the comments, and President-elect Trump called on the cast to apologize to Pence for “harassing” him.