November 16, 2018
When reporting on Jewish news, it’s hard to do three things:
- Tell which part of the story (if any) is true
- Take it seriously
- Not read the article in a Merchant Minute voice
A man shouting “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump” during a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Baltimore smelled of alcohol and told police he was motivated by his hatred of President Donald Trump.
Anthony M. Derlunas, 58, told an officer he “had been drinking heavily throughout the night” before the outburst at the Hippodrome Theatre on Wednesday night, according to a police report.
But before details of the police report became public in the early evening, the incident rattled many already anxious about a recent spike in anti-Semitism and hate crimes in Maryland and nationwide.
Audience member Rich Scherr said the outburst, which happened during intermission, sparked fears of a shooting like the one in a Pittsburgh synagogue last month that killed 11 people.
The man, later identified as Derlunas, had been seated in the balcony and began shouting “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump.”
“People started running,” Scherr said. “I’ll be honest, I was waiting to hear a gunshot. I thought, ‘Here we go.’”
Sent scattering like _____ – fill in the blank lol.
“The people around me appeared to be quite shaken by the incident,” Verma said in the email. “There were some people in tears.”
According to the report, Derlunas said that the final scene of the play before intermission had reminded him of his hatred for the president, which is why he shouted. He was confused when people around him became angry. The officer deduced “that his intention was to express his dislike for President Donald Trump.”
Baltimore Police were called and security escorted Derlunas out a few minutes later, a police spokeswoman said, and the show continued.
According to the police report, Derlunas was “calm and compliant” during the interaction and returned to a hotel where he was staying with his girlfriend in the area. Witnesses told The Baltimore Sun that the audience applauded as the man was removed.
Police issued a stop ticket to the man, but he was not arrested, police said. A stop ticket is the least severe measure police can take when responding to a complaint, followed by citations and arrests. Stop tickets do not carry any fines or other penalties and do not require follow-up from the recipient.
“As reprehensible as those words are, they are considered protected free speech because nobody was directly threatened,” police spokesman Matt Jablow said in an email.
Derlunas, who could not be reached for comment, was permanently banned from the Hippodrome. He has no record of criminal violence.
Even after it has been revealed that this was an anti-Trump protest of some sort, the Jews are continuing to whine about how victimized they were by the incident.
Gradually, I began to detest their never-ending kvetching.
They need to arrest this man for triggering these kikes and make sure that justice is served.
Because, as we all know, while we are allowed free speech, that does not mean that anyone can just yell “Hitler!” in a crowded theater of Jews.
In the inevitable hysterical panic, people will die. There will be a stampede. These animals will crush and claw each other to pieces trying to get out. The “oy’s” and the “vey’s” will be so loud that they will be picked up on the Richter Scale. Scientists have yet to confirm whether this might trigger an earthquake in a sensitive area or not – but what do our hearts say?
Why run the risk by invoking Hitler’s name in vain and endanger so many yids, senselessly?