A Nazi sympathizer terrified Baltimore theatergoers after shouting “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump” during the intermission of Fiddler on the Roof at Baltimore’s Hippodrome.
Those in attendance expected to hear gunshots and some fled for their lives. But the man was removed from the theater without incident, and the play about a Jewish family living in Tsarist Russia continued its second act.
Audience members were appalled to hear such anti-Semitism during the intermission.
A man stood up and shouted, “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” during a Baltimore performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” last night. Audience members started running. “I’ll be honest, I was waiting to hear a gunshot. I thought, ‘Here we go,’” one said. https://t.co/Px5CtUOQtU
— Brian Ries (@moneyries) November 15, 2018
Fears about violent anti-Semitism are on the rise since last month’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people. The Baltimore Sun claims that Maryland has experienced a 35% increase in hate and bias incidents within the last year.
Sick, sad world. A man stands at intermission of tonight’s performance of Fiddler in Baltimore and yells, “Heil Hitler,” along with pro-Trump references. pic.twitter.com/slDcPwF7re
— Rich Scherr (@writerguyRich) November 15, 2018
Twitter reacted with disgust to last night’s incident at the theater.
I would have thought the same.
— kathymurpheysolsal (@ksolerseeds) November 15, 2018
But now we know where they are. Only good thing about this kind of thing.
— Mimi (@mimi828) November 15, 2018
I was in the theater during this performance last night. People were very unsettled and visibly rattled by this awful behavior. Some shouted back to him “Go Home, Nazi” from the orchestra seats ( he was up in the balcony).
— Heather O'Hare (@feather146) November 15, 2018
We’ve all heard Trump-Hitler comparisons, and last night’s disruption at the Hippodrome inspired more.
Today Trump tweets about "FAKE NEWS."
Nazi leaders used the word 'Lügenpresse' – lying press. "The consequences of that rhetoric — of which the term ‘Lügenpresse’ was an important component under propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels — were horrifying.” https://t.co/Gund1R6cL0
— Nancy Levine (@nancylevine) November 15, 2018
It blows me away that @realDonaldTrump’s grandchildren are clearly being raised with the teachings of the Jewish faith, yet their own grandfather has chosen adulation from his racist base, over protecting his grandchildren!
It’s as simple as that!
— KerrazyCanuck (@KerrazyCanuck) November 15, 2018
Tell me more about how Trump's rhetoric has nothing to do with the rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes during his presidency https://t.co/gtu49vLg0p
— Fiddler (@cFidd) November 15, 2018
Some are bristling at the Trump-Hitler comparisons.
“Some random person” murdered 11 Jews in synagogue a couple weeks ago. Hate crimes are up per FBI announcement this week, with a particular surge in anti-Semitic incidents. That’s the context of that tweet.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 15, 2018
Others are blaming Trump’s divisive rhetoric.
During intermission of a performance of Fiddler On The Roof in Baltimore, an insane man yelled “Heil Hitler, Heil trump,” sparking fears in the audience of an impending mass shooting.
Yes, trump emboldens them. Yes, they feel he’s one of them. Yes, he’s to blame.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) November 15, 2018
We as a nation cannot coexist with such rampant antisemitism.
We as a people cannot thrive while there are those who fear religious persecution.
— Ryan Deitsch (@Ryan_Deitsch) November 15, 2018
Do you see this? Your name and Hitler’s name in the same salute. You’re in good company, huh, Donny?????
Man shouts 'Heil Hitler, Heil Trump' during intermission of Baltimore performance of 'Fiddler on the Roof' – Baltimore Sun https://t.co/bwfMxCKUhI
— Jill Schorr (@JillSchorr) November 15, 2018
Oh look, your supporters equate you to Hitler:
A man stood up and shouted, “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” during a Baltimore performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” last night. Audience members started running. “I’ll be honest, I was waiting to hear a gunshot…”
— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) November 15, 2018
The Hippodrome posted the following statement in response.
Statement from Hippodrome Theatre where an audience member was escorted out last night for allegedly yelling "Heil Hitler" and "Heil Trump" during a Fiddler on the Roof performance. pic.twitter.com/eBXm2PJZyW
— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) November 15, 2018
Whether you think it’s fair to compare Trump to Hitler or not, it’s undeniable that Nazi sympathizers and other extremist groups on the right have been emboldened by his divisive rhetoric.