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The adaptation makes little sense considering the plot and setting of Julius Caesar, but it was nevertheless incredibly well-received by liberal New Yorkers. The play has reportedly received standing ovations when Trump/Caesar is assassinated.
In February, actress Sarah Silverman called for a violent coup to overthrow the government. ‘WAKE UP & JOIN THE RESISTANCE. ONCE THE MILITARY IS W US FASCISTS GET OVERTHROWN. MAD KING & HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE,” Silverman tweeted.
And of course, the Democratic Party itself has wholeheartedly endorsed and adopted “the Resistance” moniker, a loaded term that evokes historical references to Nazi-occupied France.
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‘Resistance’ in the Streets, Silencing Opposing Voices
Political protests and rallies have become increasingly violent since Trump took office, as radical leftist and Antifa (“anti-facist”) protesters have significantly escalated attacks on conservative and right-wing activists.
A number of college campuses across the country have seen scuffles and riots break out when conservative speakers or activists have visited the campus. University of California, Berkeley, has twice experienced violence and destruction caused by so-called protesters incensed at the invitation to conservative speakers.
“At this stage only the fringes are calling for [violence], but the rest of us know it’s there. We can feel it sometimes, and recently we can see it,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said in May.
“Violence is what separates politics from war. It’s the point where hurt feelings become dead bodies, the point at which countries become ungovernable,” Carlson said. “The most important thing our leaders can do is prevent that from happening, and yet increasingly they are refusing to do so.”