‘Hamilton’ star: 'Young people need to show up and vote’
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The creator and star of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” is calling for young Americans to be sure they make it to the ballot box on Nov. 8.

“I think young people need to show up and vote,” Lin-Manuel Miranda told host David Axelrod on “The Axe Files” podcast Monday.

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“I think they need to be aware the sacrifices so many people made for so long for everyone to be able to vote,” added Miranda, who supports Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Government funding bill butts up against deadline | Pentagon reports eighth military COVID-19 death | Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Voters split on whether Trump, Biden will win first debate: poll New Monmouth poll finds Biden with 6-point lead MORE.

Miranda said Latino voters, meanwhile, “are the sleeping giants of this country” as an electoral force.

“If we show up with our votes ... we can change the tenor of the debate of this country, which is right now as xenophobic as I’ve ever seen it in my lifetime,” said Miranda, who is Puerto Rican.

Miranda added he is disappointed by the prevalence of anti-immigrant rhetoric on the campaign trail this cycle.

“There’s a long, ignoble tradition of pointing at the newest people in this country and saying they’re the reason you don’t have jobs. This is as malignant as I’ve ever seen it, but it’s an old tradition. I think the only way to really fight back is speak up and vote.”

Clinton has struggled to attract millennial voters since defeating Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPresident Trump faces Herculean task in first debate The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Trump's tax return bombshell New Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments MORE (I-Vt.) for the Democratic nomination earlier this year.

According to an NBC News/Survey Monkey survey conducted Sept. 19–25, just 49 percent of likely voters ages 18 to 29 favor Clinton.

Sanders, who attracted a groundswell of support from young people, last week predicted they would ultimately “come on board” Clinton’s campaign rather than backing Republican nominee Donald Trump.