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'Julius Caesar' Halted As Protester Storms Stage, Another Screams At 'Nazis'

17 June 2017

That's an interpretation rendered at least partially moot, however, by misguided a production that trades on anti-Trump sentiment, muddying the argument (as did versions in which Julius Caesar was played by a Barack Obama lookalike, all in a centuries-long history of the play's appropriation by ideologues of all political persuasions).

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Laura Loomer objected to a scene in the play where an actor who is dressed to resemble President Donald Trump is knifed to death.

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"The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands", Posobiec continued, referencing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot Wednesday at an Alexandria, Va., park where the congressman was practicing for a congressional baseball game.

Loomer was then escorted off the stage by security personnel, as she shouted, "Shame on Kathy Griffin and shame on all of you for promoting political violence against Donald Trump!".

The protester took to the stage of the Delacorte Theater around 8:30 p.m. Friday and interrupted the show for about ten minutes, police said.

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Posobiec yelled to the booing crowd in Central Park: "You are all Goebbels!" The staff removed the protesters peacefully, and the show resumed with the line "Liberty!" "The rhetoric has been outrageous: The finger-pointing, the tone, the angst and the anger directed at Donald Trump", complained Chris Collins, a Republican representative from NY.

In a statement on twitter, the Public Theater said it expected the protest, which it said "was part of a paid strategy driven by social media". "Freedom! The audience rose to their feet to thank the actors, and we joyfully continued", the statement read. Free speech for all, but let's not stop the show. Because the 400-year-old play sees Julius Caesar assassinated by members of the Roman Senate - and thus, in this production, it's the Trump-esque figure who meets an untimely demise - the Public Theater's staging has drawn condemnation from news outlets such as Breitbart and Fox News and lost the support of two corporate sponsors as a result.

Loomer ― a reporter with The Rebel Media, a far-right Canadian outlet that started a "Free Laura" campaign Friday evening ― and Posobiec held a Twitter press conference after they were taken to the Central Park Precinct.

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The interruption follows multiple politicians blaming violent rhetoric for a shooting in Virginia this week that left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) in the hospital with a gunshot wound.

'Julius Caesar' Halted As Protester Storms Stage, Another Screams At 'Nazis'