Pro-Trump protester arrested after rushing stage at controversial ‘Julius Caesar’ play in New York – Washington Post


Tina Benko, left, portrays first lady Melania Trump and Gregg Henry, center left, portrays President Trump during a dress rehearsal of The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar” in New York. Rounding out the cast on stage is Teagle F. Bougere and Elizabeth Marvel. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)

Two right-wing activists interrupted the Friday evening performance of a controversial production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in New York’s Central Park, causing a stir on social media — where numerous videos of the protest proliferated — and resulting in one woman’s arrest.

In the videos, a woman identified as Laura Loomer, a journalist with the far-right website Rebel Media, can be seen storming the stage during the scene of the title character’s assassination, shouting “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right! This is unacceptable!”

The production of “Julius Caesar,” part of the popular free “Shakespeare in the Park” summer series at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, has attracted controversy over its depiction of the title character, who resembles President Trump.

Some audience members yelled at Loomer to “get off the stage!” Soon, several security guards escorted her out of the theater, amid shouts and boos from the audience.

Within the commotion, a second pro-Trump protester, Jack Posobiec, can be seen standing and yelling in the audience, “You are all Goebbels!” and “The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands!” in reference to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels and to a shooting at a Virginia baseball field earlier in the week that critically injured Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).

Shortly afterward, Posobiec, too, is escorted out of the theater.

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