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Shakespeare Used to Portray Stabbing Trump to Death

Written by Joe Scudder

The assassination of Julius Caesar was an opportunity to portray Senators stabbing Trump to death in Central Park.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Leftists want to display at least the pretense of stabbing Trump. That would not be too different from posting a picture of his bloody, decapitated head. But this shows a lot of people signed off on this particular display of anti-Trump violence. What gets to me is the hypocrisy. If someone had done this with Barack Obama, the Left would have wanted to jail everyone involved.

Mediaite reports, “Senators Stab Trump to Death in Central Park Performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.”

Shakespeare in the Park, an annual summer program by The Public Theater that puts on plays by William Shakespeare in Central Park, kicked off May 23 with a performance of Julius Caesar.

But this rendition of Shakespeare’s tragedy comes with a twist — Caesar is played by a character that bears a striking resemblance to President Donald Trump.

According to Playbill, The Public Theater’s Oskar Eustis directed the Trump-inspired take on the classic political drama, which boasts famed stage actor John Douglas Thompson and House of Cards star Corey Stoll in its cast.

The choice of Julius Caesar for the annual program is one dripping with subtext, chosen deliberately for the supposed parallels between the Roman dictator and Trump. A description of the play on The Public Theater’s website states that “Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.”

It describes the Roman leader as “Magnetic, populist, irreverent,” and “bent on absolute power.” The description also notes that a “small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him.”

Those who have read Shakespeare’s play know how that opposition manifests itself (brace for spoilers): a group of conspirators — including his friends Cassius and Brutus — stab Caesar to death on the Senate floor.

Read the rest of the Mediaite post.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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