Crowds of Ariana Grande fans found themselves being bombarded with leaflets featuring swastikas as they lined up to see the Grammy Award-winning singer in Sacramento, California on Friday.
The paper sheets bearing the notorious Nazi symbol started to hail down on fans as they gathered outside the city’s Golden 1 Centre stadium anticipating the latest part of Grande’s Sweetener tour, with most suspecting that the controversial messages had been dropped from a high-flying drone.
Meanwhile, Golden 1 is allegedly not the only venue to have seen such an unexpected dispatch: the leaflets were also dropped on attendees of Sacramento State University's annual "Bites on the Bridge" fundraising dinner at the Guy West Bridge, according to student newspaper The State Hornet.
Along with distinctly Nazi symbols, another recurring theme featured in a number of the leaflets was President Trump’s strong “Fake News” rhetoric, with slogans calling to “stop the press”, “stop the TV wh*re takeover” etc. There was also room for the president’s famous battle cry, namely “Fake News!” — typically used to call out the bias of US media outlets like The New York Times, CNN, and The Washington Post.
Some leaflets mentioned the so-called “Red X Society” containing the phrase “Tracey Mapes 2018” – a reference to a 57-year-old Sacramento man who had been nabbed by law enforcement after dropping annoying messages from a drone over a San Francisco 49ers NFL game in November 2017.
Mapes took a swipe at the media at the time, calling it out as an “industry infiltrated by prostitutes and felons" and warned "the government control the message”. It is not clear if he has anything to do with the latest incident, but Mapes did bring up the flyers in his tweet to comedian Billy Crystal.
The flyers at Ariana Grande’s concert prompted many netizens to point the fact that Trumpists’ devotion to Israel and anger at anti-Semitism go against the message of the leaflets:
But their devotion to Israel and anger at anti- semitism would seem to say otherwise. I don’t think some of them know what anti-semitism means 🤔— Karan the Resister (@ResisterKaran) 7 мая 2019 г.
Heavens no, Trumpers are all about protecting the Jewish state- just until Armageddon of course— sktea with gin and a twist of Devin Nunes (@sktea) 7 мая 2019 г.
Hilarious remarks also arrived, with one stating that Dems, on the contrary, would have been expected to drop “key pages from the Mueller Report”:
Thinking Dems need to be dropping key pages from the Mueller Report across the middle of this country.— EM (@savedemocracy18) 7 мая 2019 г.
However, genuine indignation prevailed, with many citing fifty million people who died at Nazis’ hands:
If they find these crazies I hope they throw the book at them, some hard time in prison would work. There is no place for something like this in our country. The Nazi killed about fifty million people for nothing, for nothing,— Larry (@LarryTimeout1) 7 мая 2019 г.
One, meanwhile, suggested that it could be a warning by left-wing donor George Soros:
Pretty obvious it was Soros, amirite?— Thor's Beergut (@StephenRowe0) 7 мая 2019 г.