Donald Trump Jr., shortly after Rep. Steve Scalise, a Republican aide and security personnel were shot at a baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday, took to Twitter to connect the shooting to the recent controversy over a rendition of “Julius Caesar” that features the assassination of a ruler that resembles Donald Trump.
Trump’s son retweeted political commentator Harlan Z. Hill, who opined, “Events like today are EXACTLY why we took issue with NY elites glorifying the assassination of our President.”
Trump Jr. supported the comment, adding: “This.”
I wonder how much of this "art" is funded by taxpayers? Serious question, when does "art" become political speech & does that change things? https://t.co/JfOmLLBJCn
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 11, 2017
The Public Theater in New York City’s “Julius Caesar” has garnered droves of negative attention because the contemporary rendition of William Shakespeare’s classic features a Caesar — who with his blonde hair, suit and long tie — looks like Trump. The play also has Caesar’s wife, Calpurnia, speak in a Slavic accent very much like first lady Melania Trump.
Fox News and other conservative media blasted the play, leading Donald Trump, Jr. to tweet, “Serious question, when does ‘art’ become political speech & does that change things?”