Man who yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ during ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ performance apologizes: It was ‘beyond a mistake’
© The Baltimore Sun: Richard Scherr

The man who yelled “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump” during a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” last week has apologized, calling the outburst “beyond a mistake.”

Anthony M. Derlunas II, 58, told The Baltimore Sun on Friday that he had been drinking heavily before the show and “just wasn’t thinking.”

Derlunas told police that he had intended to draw a comparison between President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE’s immigration policies and the persecution of Jewish families in the musical, and insisted that he is not anti-Semitic.

“Instantly it was like, ‘Oh my God, what did you do?’ ” Derlunas told the Sun. “The thing that I can’t stand is Trump spreading hatred, and what did I do? I spread hatred.”

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Derlunas frightened audience members after yelling the phrase and doing a Nazi salute during intermission of the show. Some said they thought the outburst was the beginning of a mass shooting.

Late last month, 11 people were killed by a gunman during religious services at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Derlunas was escorted out of Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre after the outburst, and was issued a ticket by police, according to the Sun.

“I shouldn’t have taken my political frustrations out at a public show,” Derlunas said. “How I could have been so stupid and insensitive, I don’t know. … I feel so sorry for the fear and the people’s night that I ruined.”

The Anti-Defamation League has called for city officials to press charges against Derlunas, and the Hippodrome has banned him for life.

“I would ban me too if I was in their position,” said Derlunas, who is also reportedly in touch with local rabbis to apologize to the city’s Jewish community, and has called the Baltimore Jewish Council to apologize. Derlunas also said that his behavior has had a negative impact on his family, including his Kansas-based son, who has reportedly received death threats.