Donald Trump Jr. Appears to Link Congressman’s Shooting to Controversial ‘Julius Caesar’ Play

Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump’s oldest son, re-tweeted a quote that links the Virginia shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise to the controversy over the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar,” which depicts the assassination of a Trump-like Caesar.

“This,” Trump Jr. tweeted, linking to a tweet by political commentator Harlan Z. Hill which read, “Events like today are EXACTLY why we took issue with NY elites glorifying the assassination of our President.”

Hill’s tweet apparently refers to the Public’s “Julius Caesar,” which has stirred up controversy with an outdoor staging of the Shakespeare play that makes overt references to Trump and the current administration. Caesar sports blond hair and wears long ties, and his model-thin wife speaks with a Slovenian accent.


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The onstage sequence that raised right-wing ire was the assassination, bloodily depicted as written in the original play. The outcry was loud enough to spur two Public Theater sponsors, Bank of America and Delta Air Lines, to pull their support for the production.

Reps for the organization said the Public Theater didn’t have a specific response to the tweet, but instead referred to a Monday statement that defended the show against accusations that it would incite violence.

“Our production of ‘Julius Caesar’ in no way advocates violence towards anyone,” the statement read. “Shakespeare’s play, and our production, make the opposite point: those who attempt to defend democracy by undemocratic means pay a terrible price and destroy the very thing they are fighting to save.” On Monday night the show opened with a curtain speech by Public Theater artistic director (and the director of “Julius Caesar”) Oskar Eustis, that also stood by the production.

“Julius Caesar” runs, as scheduled, only through Sunday, when it closes to make way for the next summer Shakespeare production in the park, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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  1. I believe a couple of years back that same play was performed and an “obama like’ character was assassinated… outrage then?

    • TexBill says:

      The only mocking of Obama was a Missouri rodeo clown who also ware masks of previous presidents in office. Her wore the Obama mask once and was fired. Nobody in a play had Obama killed.

    • Frank says:

      The dumbocrats just keep repeating this same line. How ignorant.

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        No more-nor-less ignorant than GOP’s acting as though there would be no Trump allusions in the play if he would have conceded before the election or abdicated by the day it happened.

  2. Frank says:

    Every critic of the msm in America said the same thing.
    Kathy griffin, Madonna, shakespeare, Maxine waters, snoopdog, colbert, snl,  black lives matter, violence at rallys, soros buying violence and protesters, speakers at colleges being met by uncontrolled violent protests. The police not arresting anyone or charging them with violence or inciting violence.  

  3. Marie Zavoli says:

    At ease, Jr. Carry on with your Safari.

  4. Susan says:

    Omg just cancel your hate play. Inciting violence. You and Kathy griffin and Maxine waters and colbert and on and on. 
    You caused guns to go off. That’s what inciting violence means, my last comment in the previous article about Shakespeare in the park. 
    If Shakespeare had done this violent act to his counterpart of politician in his day, they would have destroyed the theatre he built and him as well.

  5. Weighing In says:

    Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” has been around for over 400 years; it has been interpreted and co-opted a million different ways (as have many of Shakespeare’s other plays) since the 1600s. 400 years from now, it will STILL be performed, and STILL be re-interpreted. Trump and his progeny alas will be long forgotten.

  6. Ken Hunter says:

    Once again Trumps minions show their deplorable nature!!!! Like father like sons!!!!

    • Alex says:

      You’re right, he should be blaming Sanders and EVERYONE at CNN and MSNBC…and the NYT…and Comedy Central…and HBO…and the Home Shopping Network

  7. Steve Barr says:

    John have you ever read the play ? The murder of Caesar is never glorified . The conspirators all die and Rome is plunged into civil war .

  8. John says:

    Both of you (Steve barr, Charlie) are morons ofcourse the play glorifies the assassination of president Trump. Why else would they remake Julius Caesar to look like trump and his wife to look like ivanka. Are you two completely that clueless?

    • kezia says:

      You’re clueless. I doubt you raised hell because of the 2012 version that depicted Obama as Caesar, did you? Hypocrite. trump-themed julius caesar is the talk of the theater world unlike 2012 obama version

  9. Steve Barr says:

    Trump Jr. Is a moron like his father . That play does not glorify the assassination of our president . As for NY elites what do you think you and your family are if not NY elites .

  10. Charlie says:

    Baby Trump is irresponsible. We need to get rid of the sociopathic Trumps and their enablers. Their lies and reactionary views are a cancer to this country.

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