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11/22/2016 02:56 am ET

Rush Limbaugh Compares 'Hamilton' Cast To John Wilkes Booth

"These guys at 'Hamilton' are following in what I’m sure they consider to be a rich tradition."

Right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh compared the cast of “Hamilton” to John Wilkes Booth, the man who killed President Abraham Lincoln. 

At the end of last Friday’s performance, the cast of the hit Broadway musical called on vice-president-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience, to “uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

Limbaugh compared those words to the Lincoln assassination. 

“Democrat actors have been attacking Republican elected officials in theaters, I don’t know what, since 1865,” Limbaugh said in remarks posted online by Media Matters, adding: 

“The first known instance of a radical leftist Democrat actor attacking Republican elected officials: John Wilkes Booth assassinating Abraham Lincoln, Ford’s Theatre in Washington, 1865. So these guys at ‘Hamilton’ are following in what I’m sure they consider to be a rich tradition. But the condescension of thinking that they are telling the vice-president-elect how to do it, how to be, what to think.”

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