Trump Jr. appears to link lawmaker shooting to controversial 'Julius Caesar' production

Trump Jr. appears to link lawmaker shooting to controversial 'Julius Caesar' production
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Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday appeared to link the shooting at a congressional baseball practice that injured at least five to the controversial production of "Julius Caesar" in which the slain Roman dictator was outfitted in a way that resembled President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Ayers decision casts harsh light on Trump NASA offers to show Stephen Curry evidence from moon landings Freedom Caucus calls on leadership to include wall funding, end to 'catch and release' in funding bill MORE.

Following the shooting Wednesday morning, President Trump's son retweeted a comment from CNN and Fox News contributor Harlan Hill, who drew a straight line from "events like today" to "glorifying the assassination" of the president in a theatrical production.

A gunman in Alexandria, Va., fired scores of rounds at Republican lawmakers and aides who were practicing before the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Game, which was set to take place on Thursday.

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GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.), an aide to Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) and others were wounded, according to multiple reports. 

The tweet refers to the Public Theater's New York current run of "Julius Caesar." The actor playing Caesar is intended to resemble Trump with blondish hair, a two-piece suit with a long tie and an American flag pin.

The president's son is among those who have questioned if art that is turned into "political speech" could affect its taxpayer funding after the Shakespeare in the park production. 

The play followed on the heels of the public outcry when comedian Kathy Griffin posed in a photo shoot where she held a fake, bloody severed head that resembled Trump.
 
Scalise is undergoing surgery after being shot and he is said to be in stable condition, according to his office.
 
The shooter is in custody and is no longer a threat, according to Alexandria police.