Some Democrats just love to compare Trump with Hitler. In fact, the worst of the worst will flat-out accuse him of being the “new” Hitler. Setting aside the fact that this is deeply insulting to people who actually suffered at the hands of the real dictator, it’s also just plain wrong.
Absolutely nothing in Trump’s history is even on the same level as the kind of atrocities committed in World War II.
But the Left is deeply entrenched in these accusations – so much so that they will occasionally even mis-label one of their own. And that’s exactly what happened after 58-year-old Anthony Derlunas, an actor at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre, shouted anti-semitic slurs on stage.
• Derlunas was in the middle of intermission for a performance in, “Fiddler on the Roof,” when it happened. Out of left field, (pun intended), he shouted, “Heil Hitler,” and, “Heil Trump!”
• The audience immediately gasped in fear and began running towards the exits. Allegedly, many were concerned that he may begin shooting or otherwise harm the crowd.
• Audience member, Rich Scherr, talked to the Baltimore Sun about the experience afterward. “I’ll be honest,” he said. “I was waiting to hear a gunshot. I thought, “Here we go.”
• Scherr also recorded a video of the unfolding crisis; he later posted it to Twitter, where it immediately went viral – but not for the right reasons.
• Several Left-leaning users picked the story up and began touting Derlunas as a pro-Trump nut. This gained traction, but there was no proof it was true, even from the first moment.
• News site Mediaite eventually picked up the story and re-tweeted it. The message attached? “Trump Supporter Interrupts Fiddler on the Roof Performance Shouting “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump.”
• The truth is that Derlunas is actually anti-Trump – a sentiment he himself shared as he also expressed his embarrassment over the outburst. “I’m so embarrassed and ashamed and disgusted with myself,” he explained. “I didn’t think at the time about my frustrations with President Trump, and I was trying to compare Trump to Hitler because he plays into the fears of people and it just came out wrong.”
• Yet, even his own admission hasn’t helped. Organizations and individuals are still sharing the story, saying he is a Trump supporter. This includes the Carolina Workers Collective (now deleted) and several other online news media outlets. Thus, the false narrative continues to be perpetuated.
• “I just want everybody to know I am sincerely sorry,” Derlunas stated in a recent interview with WBAL. “I opened my mouth, and it was so wrong, and I know that now. In the moment, it was just my frustration. I don’t know what I was thinking. I am so ashamed. My heart goes out to all those that I ruined their night, to everybody that was affected by my stupidity.”
• Derlunas has allegedly reached out to local Jewish community members in an effort to make amends. But the situation is a great example of how damaging the fake news media can really be. Always ask yourself: who’s writing this, and what do they stand to gain from it?