Johnny Depp made a foolish statement Thursday regarding the president, and after the backlash, he’s issued an apology.
Calling it a “bad joke,” Depp said his reference to presidential assassination had no malice. “I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he said in a statement he sent to People magazine. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
While in England, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor made comments that were applauded by attendees of the Glastonbury Festival. He said, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” He was quick to point out that he did not consider himself an actor, saying he only lies for a living. “However, its been a while. And maybe it’s time,” he concluded.
His remarks backfired in the U.S., where the The White House denounced his comments Friday:
“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official.”
Both Democratic and Republican politicians have called for changes to political rhetoric, concerned about the potential danger it can create and noting an increase in threats they are receiving. They hope to prevent incidents like the shooting of Republican Whip Steve Scalise.
Disgusting! Johnny Depp talks about assassinating President Trump, referencing Abraham Lincoln’s assassination by an actor pic.twitter.com/wfASurcd9q
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According to reports, the Secret Service is aware of Depp’s comments. According to a statement made by the Secret Service, “For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities.”
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 23, 2017
You can see all of Depp’s comments here.
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