Amy Schumer’s anti-Trump jokes spur walkout at Tampa show

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By Jessica Chasmar – The Washington Times

About 200 people reportedly walked out of Amy Schumer’s comedy show in Tampa Sunday night after she ranted against Donald Trump and even grilled an audience member onstage about why he supported the Republican presidential nominee.

The Tampa Bay Timesreported there was “loud booing from a vocal, but small minority” at the Amalie Arena, which started about halfway through the show when Ms. Schumer, an outspoken liberal, decided to get political.

At one point, the comedian invited a Trump supporter to join her onstage. Dave, who described himself as a RINO (Republican In Name Only), explained that he was voting for Mr. Trump because he didn’t trust the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

“We’re not talking about why you don’t like Hillary, we’re talking about why you like Trump,” Ms. Schumer interjected.

Dave explained that he trusted Mr. Trump on the issue of national security.

“Do you get worried at all with how impulsive he is that he gets so fired up from ‘Saturday Night Live’ doing a skit on him,” Ms. Schumer asked. “Do you worry he’ll be impulsive and get us in a lot of [expletive] trouble we can’t get out of?”

 

“I’m not really voting for Trump, I’m voting against Hillary,” Dave reiterated.

“OK, you can go sit down,” Ms. Schumer responded dismissively.

After Dave left the stage, the comedian said she couldn’t understand how someone who didn’t “seem like a psychopath” could vote for that “orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster.”

After some audience members started to boo, Ms. Schumer asked security to remove them.

“Just so you know, from now on, if you yell out, you’re gonna get thrown out,” she said.

Ms. Schumer, who revealed she is a sexual assault survivor in her recently published book, “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo,” said she found the past week of Trump allegations “really triggering.”

She asked the arena to bring up the house lights and then asked other sexual assault victims to stand up.

Tampa Bay Times reviewer Jay Dridlin reported seeing four people stand up in the first half of his section alone.

Ms. Schumer was the first female comedian to headline a show at the Amalie Arena, with at least 10,000 fans turning out to see her, the Times reported. She showed up early to hold a voter registration drive outside the arena prior to her show.

Some audience members told the Times how disappointed they were to be bombarded with politics during a comedy show.

“I don’t want to hear that. We wanted to have a good night without distractions with the politics,” Bryon Nfinger said.

“The show became political. I definitely didn’t come to hear this,” Ryan Atwood said.

 

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