Chicago Man Arrested for ‘Hamilton’ Disruption, Reportedly Yelled About Trump

The incident was reportedly sparked by cheers at the line "Immigrants - we get the job done" in the song "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)"

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A man was arrested after disrupting a performance of the musical "Hamilton" in Chicago on Saturday night, reportedly screaming obscenities in support of President-elect Donald Trump.

John Palmer, 56, was taken into custody around 9:30 p.m. at the PrivateBank Theatre, located at 18 W. Monroe St. in the city's Loop, according to police.

Palmer, of the 100 block of E. Illinois St. in Chicago, began "causing a disturbance" and was asked to leave by the theatre's staff, authorities said. He refused and was detained by security until officers arrived and placed him under arrest.

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Palmer was charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to land, Chicago police said.

According to multiple reports, Palmer appeared intoxicated and began screaming things like, "Our side won! You lost! Get over it!" as well as several profanities.

The incident was reportedly sparked by cheers at the line "Immigrants - we get the job done" in the song "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)."

Audience members left the auditorium to ask staff to remove Palmer, according to, who then struggled with security for "at least two numbers."

Several audience members took to social media to describe the outburst, adding that Palmer was also threatening those around him. [[402182665, C]]

"This is why we train," actress Karen Olivo, who plays Angelica in the production, tweeted Sunday. "So when the obstacles come we conquer them with skill and precision."

Broadway in Chicago did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The incident came just one day after controversy surrounded Vice President-elect Mike Pence's attendance of "Hamilton" in New York City.

Pence drew boos and some support from the audience as he walked to his seat before the show on Friday night. Following the performance, the cast addressed Pence directly in a statement for which Trump demanded an apology. [[401994775, C]]

"We, sir, 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 unalienable rights, sir," actor Brandon Victor Dixon said, adding, "But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

Trump took issue with the speech on Twitter, claiming Pence was "harassed" and calling for the cast and producers to apologize "for their terrible behavior."

Pence, however, said Sunday that he wasn't offended by the cast's speech, and said he would "leave it to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it" when asked if he thought an apology was necessary. 

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