The man who shouted “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” during the intermission of “Fiddler on the Roof” on Wednesday reportedly did it because he hates President Donald Trump and his supporters.
Baltimore police identified the man as 58-year-old Anthony M. Derlunas II.
Derlunas reportedly told police he had been “drinking heavily throughout the night,” and that he yelled what he did because the scene prior to the “intermission reminded him of his hatred for President Trump,” according to the New York Times. He also reportedly stated that the anger directed at him after his outburst was reason to believe there were a high percentage of Trump supporters in the audience. (RELATED: ‘Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!’ Outburst Disrupts Intermission At Baltimore Performance Of ‘Fiddler on The Roof’)
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
“An unfortunate and isolated event occurred during last night’s performance of Fiddler on the Roof when an intoxicated audience member shouted anti-Semitic slurs during the show’s intermission. The staff at the Baltimore Hiippodrome acted swiftly and the person was removed from the theater without disruption to the show,” an official account for the Fiddler on the Roof production tweeted.
An unfortunate and isolated event occurred during last night’s performance of Fiddler on the Roof. Please read our full statement below: pic.twitter.com/FsPqySd5ri
— Fiddler on the Roof (@FiddlerBroadway) November 15, 2018
Despite not knowing the identity of the person who interrupted the intermission, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes blamed Trump for the outburst suggesting that racists “think the president is on their side.”
He also reportedly tweeted, apparently sarcastically, “I swear it’s the strangest thing the way Nazis and racists and bigots of all stripes invoke the name of the President as an expression of their evil.” The tweet is no longer visible on his timeline.
The president very clearly thinks his base is activated by racism and bigotry, and racists and bigots very clearly think the president is on their side.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 15, 2018
Many others also assumed Trump was responsible for this and that the man was a supporter of the president.
Of course Neo-Nazis are disrupting productions of Fiddler on the Roof. There is a 57% rise in anti-semitism. Our President tweets Nazi memes. The new House Minority Leader tweets about evil Jews buying our elections. Both sides aren’t good people.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) November 15, 2018
This is where we are in the era of Trump. He fans hatred daily. We must all be vigilant to be the voice of light right now.
Man shouts ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ during intermission of Baltimore performance of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ https://t.co/jkfU4Zs4oF
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) November 15, 2018
Fiddler on the Roof is the story of a “poor milkman in czarist Russia, where he provides for five unmarried daughters and a sharp-tongued wife.” He faces growing anti-Semitism with mounting financial strain.