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‘SNL’ writer suspended for tweet about Barron Trump

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    President Donald Trump, right, smiles with his son Barron as they view the 58th Presidential Inauguration parade for President Donald Trump in Washington.

NEW YORK >> A “Saturday Night Live” writer has been suspended indefinitely after tweeting a poorly received joke about Donald Trump’s 10-year-old youngest son, Barron.

A person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly told The Associated Press that Katie Rich was suspended immediately after writing an offensive tweet about the child. An outcry on social media followed, with many calling for a boycott of the TV show.

Rich later deleted the tweet, deactivated her account but then reactivated it Monday, saying she wanted to “sincerely apologize” for the “insensitive” tweet and “deeply regret” her actions.

NBC had no comment.

Barron found support from Chelsea Clinton, with the former first daughter saying he “deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid.”

This isn’t the first time “SNL” has gotten in trouble for joking about the president’s children. In 1993, then-cast member Mike Myers had to write an apology letter to the Clintons after a skit that mocked Chelsea Clinton.

“She’s a kid, a kid who didn’t choose to be in public life,” ”SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels said at the time. He also acknowledged that said his show treated then 9-year-old Amy Carter “a little rougher” during the 1970s when Jimmy Carter was in the Oval Office.

The current controversy over Barron Trump comes as President Trump has lashed out at the way “Saturday Night Live” has lampooned him, with the president saying Alec Baldwin’s semi-regular portrayal of him “stinks” and calling one of the skits a “hit job.”

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  • “Rich later deleted the tweet, deactivated her account but then reactivated it Monday, saying she wanted to “sincerely apologize” for the “insensitive” tweet and “deeply regret” her actions.”

    It was insensitive and she may deeply regret her actions, because of the outcome, but does anyone actually believe this is a sincere apology?

      • Trump never apologized so how could I comment that he was insincere? I did state several times that I thought Trump’s comments were inappropriate. You apparently, by your words, think Rich was sincere. You’re entitled to your opinion.

    • Ahi, what would you like her to do to prove her apology is sincere??? Cut off her writing hand?? Give you her first born child?? If you want to see her fired, most likely she will be…..just be patient. Puss is rapidly accumulating in the gash she created.

  • Yeah school shooter jokes aren’t cool neither is picking on little kids. I never knew Trump had a 10 year old son named Barron till now. They call me barron too every now and then. Hang in their Barron fighting!

  • Evidently Katie Rich does not have the smarts that children are of limits. It matters not whether it was Barron or not. Sad for her being branded as an insensitive individual. Hope She is reinstated and learned from this unfortunate incident..

      • What other job she going to get? A professional unpaid protester? LOL

        Dumb millennials whom support illegals coincidentally lost all the jobs on the mainland to the illegals! LOL The ultimate Libtard folly!

  • Reminds me of the lefty who was escorted off an airliner a few days ago. It’s not only politics which mark a difference between conservatives and liberals….

  • Katie Rich exhibits a very poor sense decency and should be not let off so easily…her bad behavior / judgement may to too deeply embedded in her DNA…seriously. 🙂

    • Maybe Rich was just trying to “get ahead” in her career. If she’s young and impressionable I can understand how she may have been influenced by watching the MSM. I still cannot believe the panel discussion on CNN at prime time where about 8 “journalists” made one derogatory statement after another about Trump. It seems that it was more than just piling on, but one-upmanship. Most importantly, there was no real discussion of the issues, which makes the whole program boring and meaningless, the same as Ms. Rich’s statement about Trump’s son. The next few months will be very telling.

    • IRT Tris10; Have to agree. It’s nothing like the old Bill Murray days. The Alec Baldwin skits on Trump are rarely funny. The skits become an obvious political statement. SNL is ripe for competition. It will be interesting to watch the ratings.

  • Fire her. Totally inappropriate.

    I’m amazed at the depth some anti Trumpers will go to..

    Tells me he is doing something right if these lame brains are so much against him.

  • Media and Commentators and Comedians are getting way out of line and trying to push whatever they are saying to the limit and over the limit. For too long people have been worried about being politically correct…NOW they are doing just the opposite–full ON aggression–lies–half truths–take for instance what Mad-DONNA said–I hope she gets hers. Can never count out the bachi factor–it will strike soon enough. Almost all sources of media are tainted–it is hard to believe anything you read – watch – or hear — or who it saying it — all the talking heads have an agenda–
    Less than 1 week and DT is making significant moves–undoing the Giveaway of American to allies and enemies alike–NO more freebies on America’s tab. Change is going to be difficult– but a little belt tightening now will serve American now and in the future–Note GBush increased the national debt by 3 TRILLION; smiling and well liked BObama increased it by 9 TRILLION — all the exploitation of America and future Americans –the DEBT they will have to contend with will be slowed — Go Trump!

  • Maybe kids should be off limits, but they never are. I think she got suspended for writing something so “unfunny”. She works for SNL…at least represent the brand and be humorous. I saw some other tweets about the kid that were pretty mean. No need for that. But some others were pretty funny about how bored he looked. He doesn’t have a twitter account, so as long as the adults in his life don’t make a big deal about it, then he has no reason to even hear about it.

  • Saturday Night Live actually used to be funny. They wouldn’t have a political axe to grind and made fun of Presidents of both parties. Their skits about Bill Clinton during his Monica Lewinksky scandal were hilarious.

    Now they are just mean spirited, not funny, and with a political axe to grind as shills for the Obama worshipping Democrats. Of course, we know NBC is deep in the pockets of the Democrat Party, so Lorne Michaels and Alex Baldwin will continue to do their thing. Rich deserves to be fired, but they will probably bring her back quietly in the future.

  • Can you IMAGINE the $h!ttstorm than would have ensued had either of the obama daughters been the target of such an offensive tweet? Somehow, when it comes to Conservatives, the Cruder, the Better, seems to be the order of the day. Katie Rich, I’m sure, felt quite safe given the political climate that obama and his supporters have fostered over the past 8 long years. Such hypocrisy from the Left deserves widespread condemnation. Children of ANYONE, no matter their stature or place in society, are Off Limits, PERIOD.

    • Correct, it’s even illegal too. She might be sued for defamation and slander. Only public and political figures like Trump can legally be mocked without fear of constitutional rights violations. His children are not public figures, if Trump was a real a$$ho!e he could sue her and easily win just to shame her further but I doubt he will go after her.

  • There is no way writer Katie Rich of “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) to be so asinine to Tweet out a mocking remark on Barron Trump, “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” just because. First of all, the press has extensively covered FLOTUS Melania Trump will not be moving to The White House until after son Barron is finished with school, he is not homeschooled. I suspect “SNL” Rich got something in return to tweet out that ridiculous remark, e.g., an extended contract, increased salary, extorted, some sort of quid pro quo going on. For God’s sake she is a writer, she is no dummy, maybe a harlot, but certainly not a dumbbell. The tweet is illogical and so out of place. There is a hidden agenda here.

    So the question is why? Here comes Chelsea Clinton in support and in defense by tweeting out, “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does – to be a kid. Standing up for every kid also means opposing @ POTUS policies that hurt kids.” Chelsea’s tweet is conveniently woven into the fabric of this narrative making its way into the storyline.

    POTUS Trump’s longtime friend and confidant Roger Stone divulged live on the Alex Jones program after Trump won the election Chelsea Clinton called on one of PE Trump’s children. (I assumed it was DJT daughter Ivanka b/c she and Chelsea was friends prior to their parent’s presidential candidacy.) Stone said Chelsea’s call was along the lines of why can’t we all be friends. The Clinton’s are troubled.

    Let us not forget the recovery of the 500,000 plus emails by NYPD of Hillary’s that were on her aide of 20 years (rumored to be Hillary’s lesbian lover) Huma Abedin’s husband Anthony Weiner seized laptop computer. Weiner was under investigation by NYPD for a sex crime involving a minor.

    It is not uncommon to uncover crime(s) of others during the course of investigating a specific person(s) or group. It can branch out and lead to other investigations that are unrelated to the initial crime that was being investigated.

    NYPD turned over Weiner’s laptop computer to the FBI when they discovered 500,000 plus emails of Hillary’s as new evidence to her recently closed email case by the FBI. The NYPD made a copy of everything from Weiner’s laptop for their on-going investigation of him.

    There was a coup within the FBI at varies levels of their rank and file turning in letters of resignations to Director James Comey over the non-prosecution of Hillary’s treasonist act of her homebrew email server. NYPD pressured the FBI to re-open Hillary’s email case or they would go public with it.

    The emails contained a treasure trove of evidence linking Hillary and associates to:

    Money laundering – Racketeering
    Child exploitation
    Sex crimes with minors
    Perjury
    Pay to play through Clinton Foundation
    Obstruction of justice
    Other felony crimes

    Clinton Foundation accepted a $1 million check from the sovereign country of Qatar as a 65th birthday gift to Bill Clinton. Qatar’s government has directly given between $1 million and $5 million over the years to their foundation. Hillary was US secretary of state without informing the State Dept. as she promised. This has been confirmed and some of the reason the Obama’s have disdain for the Clinton’s among many other non-ethical actions.

    Hillary has sold 20% of US precious uranium supply to Russia in return of payoffs and related interests. Money also went to the Clinton Foundation that the Clintons steal money through. Uranium is a natural mineral used for generating heat in power reactors, and produces material for nuclear weapons.

    Hillary’s ex-campaign manager John Podesta had ties to Russia and Saudi government receiving $140,000 a month from them. His brother Tony managed the accounts for their Podesta Group firm.

    Chelsea is a Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, has breached the federal rules for tax exemptions on charity foundations. She used Clinton Foundation funds for her estimated $3 million wedding and for 10 years used these funds to live on.

    I believe this scenario is staged, too staged giving Chelsea a public platform for the world to witness of her kind and caring concern. POTUS Trump’s son Barron is being exploited as a sacrificial lamb for her self-preservation, family, and parent’s involved associates. Why so public? She had called upon a member of the Trump family before or she could have written a letter to share her empathy. This story is too staged and just so happened along the way the tweet of Chelsea to the rescue in support and defending Barron appears scripted like a broadway play.

    Prior to Hillary entering the political arena, she was a criminal defense attorney and husband Bill both graduated from Yale Law School. They know a person who is facing criminal charges with co-defendants are either all or none of them will be prosecuted. There is no selection of “cherry picking” of who gets prosecuted if they all share culpability in collusion to accomplish the criminal activity.

    I foresee indictments being served if they have not already on the Clinton’s, democrats, republicans, and non-government persons convicted of their participation in criminal activities.

    POTUS Trump had prior knowledge of the Clinton’s corruption during the presidential candidacy debates.
    The only person on this planet who possess the power to protect the Clinton’s is POTUS Trump.

    In desperate times, one will do almost anything for self-preservation. This scenario of the SNL writer’s tweet of POTUS Trump’s son Barron serves only a purpose for Chelsea Clinton to appear as a heroine thus opening a line of communication with a Trump or viewed favorably.

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