Police visit film writer over call on Facebook for armed revolution
New York City police paid writerdirector Paul Schrader a visit recently for a Facebook screed that suggested an armed insurrection against a Trump presidency was in order.
“In a late-night missive, Schrader dubbed the coming Trump presidency ‘a call to violence’ and suggested that ‘we should be willing to take arms. Like Old John Brown,’” wrote the Hollywood Reporter.
The trade magazine noted that Mr. Schrader quickly deleted his post but not in time to evade the notice of an NYPD counterterrorism unit.
Mr. Schrader blamed his lapse in judgment on washing down the sleep pill Ambien with some wine. He also told THR that the officers who paid him a visit did not act as if they saw him as a serious threat.
“Before he left, the detective gave me his contact information and said, ‘If anyone harasses you at your building, give me a call,’” Mr. Schrader, perhaps best known for writing the scripts to the Martin Scorsese films “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” told THR. “These guys were half apologetic and said, ‘Oh, we have to do this.’”