- The Washington Times - Friday, December 16, 2016

New York City police paid screenwriter Paul Schrader a visit recently for a Facebook screed that suggested an armed insurrection against a Trump presidency was in order, The Hollywood Reporter said Friday.

“In a late-night missive, Schrader dubbed the coming Trump presidency ‘a call to violence’ and suggested ‘we should be willing to take arms. Like Old John Brown,’ ” reported THR, noting that he quickly deleted his post but not in time to evade the notice of a counterterrorism unit with the NYPD. 

For his part, Mr. Schrader quipped his lapse in judgment was due to washing down the sleep pill Ambien with some wine. He also told THR that the officers who paid him a visit were just as concerned for his safety as that of the president-elect.

“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 told THR. “These guys were half apologetic and said, ‘Oh we have to do this,’ and they agreed with me that we were really in a kind of a scary environment.”

A veteran screenwriter with some 24 credits to his name, Mr. Schrader is perhaps best known for his Golden Globe-nominated screenplay writing for 1976’s “Taxi Driver” and 1980’s “Raging Bull.” 


• Ken Shepherd can be reached at kshepherd@washingtontimes.com.

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