NEW YORK, NY - JULY 09: Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo and Ariana DeBose with Lin-Manuel Miranda with the cast during their final performance curtain call of 'Hamilton' on Broadway at Richard Rodgers Theatre on July 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
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By Katie Reilly and TIME
November 19, 2016

The current and former stars of the Broadway musical Hamilton are defending the statement made by the cast to Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Friday, in which they called for the new presidential administration to “work on behalf of all of us.”

President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday criticized the cast as “very rude” and demanded an apology.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s creator and former star, praised the moment, which took place on stage after the show had ended. Other Hamilton actors took to social media to respond to Trump and voice pride in their colleagues.

“The countless Americans that have been Insulted, Degraded, Marginalized, Harassed, Intimidated. APOLOGIZE for that! APOLOGIZE for your HATE!” Christopher Jackson, who originally played George Washington in the show, said on Twitter, referring to a rise in reported hate crimes and racist incidents since Election Day.

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