To sort of paraphrase an Andrew Gillum quote, it doesn’t matter wether or not Trump is anti semitic and racist, because anti semites certainly feel he’s anti semitic and racist. So now we come to the absolutely disgusting story in question, when an individual shouted “Heil Hitler” and “Heil Trump” during a showing of “Fiddler on the Roof”, that musical which celebrates and discusses the Jewish faith, at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore. This another in a line of anti Semitic acts in the wake of Donald Trump.
Audience member Rich Scherr told the Baltimore Sun; “People started running…I’ll be honest, I was waiting to hear a gunshot. I thought, ‘Here we go.’” Another witness said this: ‘As I stood paralyzed by those words, I am truly grateful to the people in the crowd who shouted back against the hateful remarks and for the swift actions of security who removed the man without incident.’
The theater escorted the man out following the incident and offered this statement:: “Behavior like we saw during intermission at Wednesday evening’s performance is not, and will not be, tolerated” We apologize to those patrons who were affected by this unfortunate incident. Our venue has a proud tradition of providing shared experiences to people from all walks of life, right in the heart of this wonderfully diverse city, and we intend to continue that tradition in the spirit of bringing people together, not dividing them.”
Howard Libit, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, said the incident was concerning to the Jewish community. He said: “Things like that anywhere, much less crowded theaters, is a really potentially dangerous thing, you know. We’re all very sensitive and concerned in the wake of the recent shootings. Shouting that seems to be the equivalent of shouting ‘fire’ in a theater, or shouting ‘bomb.’”
He also expressed the fear that something more violent could have happened: “I’m certainly grateful that it wasn’t the start of some broader, more violent incident. Whatever he was intending to say was hateful and hurtful and potentially very dangerous… it sounds like some of the people were kind of moving quickly to get out of the way.”
It’s not stretch for theater goers to have feared the situation would escalate given the amount of mass shootings that has happened this year. There have been 307 mass shootings in 2018, Including a recent shooting in Thousand Oaks, California where 13 people died at a popular bar, which was hosting a college night.
According to Business Insider, Americans are more likely to die from gun violence than many leading causes of death combined, with some 11,000 people in the US killed in firearm assaults each year.
Mass shooting are now so common, that this man who was a victim in the Thousand Oaks shooting had also narrowly escaped the Vegas shooting in 2017.
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