Celebrities are calling for the death of President Trump, and the media is silent. Imagine if it was happening under Obama…
For a man whose once grand career is arguably starting to peter out, and who has made a ridiculous amount of money off impersonating the Commander in Chief, actor Alec Baldwin sure talks a lot of trash about “taking out” President Trump.
Baldwin tweeted through his HABFoundation account @ABFalecbaldwin Thursday morning October 10th:
“If u voted for Trump, put ur faith in him bc u thought he was a decisive, plain-speaking, self-made business “leader”, now u, perhaps, realize none of that is true. He is a disease that is killing this county and must be eradicated. Get rid of him. And good things will follow.”
If u voted for Trump, put ur faith in him bc u thought he was a decisive, plain-speaking, self-made business “leader”, now u, perhaps, realize none of that is true.
He is a disease that is killing this county and must be eradicated.
Get rid of him.
And good things will follow.
— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) October 10, 2019
Need we remind him; he won an Emmy award for playing someone who he claims to despise so much. This twitter ‘war’ between Baldwin, and the President has been an ongoing volley of insults back and forth to one another, that started before the President even won the election.
Just a few weeks ago he tweeted about the President stating:
“Trump’s been in office for a while now. Incompetent is one thing. Nuts is another. Both in combination are devastating,” Baldwin said. “But he hasn’t killed America yet. We’re like a rhino. A big, leathery rhino. He can’t kill us. And he knows that and he’s scared.”
President Trump is accustomed to dealing with the Hollywood masses complaining about him as a human, and him as the leader of the free world- he can clearly handle himself quite well. Usually it’s amusing to see his witty responses towards celebrities, who should arguably be spending more time fixing all the issues they complain about on social media, than arguing with our President.
At this point it just seems like it’s the “it” thing to do, to hate our President if you’re a celebrity. Most don’t seem to clearly have an argument as to why they do, they just know they do!
But how many times do celebrities get a pass for calling for someone to “take out” our President without any arrest or recourse? Other ‘mere mortals’ don’t have that same luxury. Threats against our President, from individuals who don’t have Hollywood status, are treated in a much different manner. It is considered a national threat, and a federal crime.
So why if you have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame, do you get a pass?
Especially in today’s world- when many celebrities are also speaking out about gun ownership, and gun laws, and mass shootings, how is it alright for them to use those same platforms to call for harm against our President.
According Cornell Law School, under United States Code Title 18 U.S. Code § 871.Threats against President and successors to the Presidency
“Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”
So, because celebrities are hiding behind keyboards, and using social media or speaking out on daytime or late-night talk shows, then it’s ok?
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Mind you, Baldwin isn’t the first, and sadly most likely won’t be the last calling for violence against our President. According to TheWrap.com, the following celebrities have shared their displeasure about President Trump.
Mickey Rourke, in a TMZ video from 2015, directed his rage toward [Candidate] Trump, calling him a “big-mouthed bitch bully,” and that he would “love 30 seconds in a room with the little bitch.” Rourke also went on to express a desire to “give [Trump] a Louisville slugger.”
Larry Wilmore, in February 2016, (In case you don’t know who he is- he was the host of Comedy Central’s now-canceled “The Nightly Show”) stated the following about Candidate Donald Trump:
“I don’t want to give him any more oxygen. That’s not a euphemism, by the way. I mean it literally. Somebody get me the pillow they used to kill [Supreme Court Justice Antonin] Scalia and I’ll do it — I’ll do it!”
George Lopez, (who is a Mexican-American comedian) tweeted during the Republican primaries in March 2016, a cartoon image of former Mexican president Vincente Fox holding the decapitated head of Donald Trump, with the caption “Make America Great Again.”
Marilyn Manson, (he’s still around?!) released a teaser video in 2016 for his song, “Say10,” which showed a “Trump-like figure wearing a suit and a red tie lies decapitated on a concrete floor, in a pool of his own blood.” The full video was released after President Trump took office.
Speaking of singers that are arguably past their prime, Madonna screamed to a crowd of thousands of pink hat wearing supporters, at the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017 that she had “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” Nope, no punishment for that one either.
Robert De Niro expressed on ABC’s “The View” (let’s not even get started on that show) in February 2017 that he would like to “punch Trump in the face.” However, he later clarified saying “It wasn’t like I was gonna go find him and punch him in the face, but he’s gotta hear it.” Oh, ok, that makes it all better, right?
Snoop Dogg’s music video for “Lavender,” released in March 2017, (literally) paints POTUS as a clown and orchestrates his death. At the video’s end, the “Gin and Juice” rapper points a gun at the “Trump like” figure and shoots. However, instead of a bullet, a red flag comes out of the end of the gun that reads “Bang!”.
Kathy Griffin, “The comedian” had photos released of her in May 2017 holding a fake bloody, decapitated Trump head. The only punishment she faced for that was the loss of hosting the New Year’s Eve bash on CNN, and an ad deal with Squatty Potty.
Johnny Depp, appeared at the U.K.’s 2017 Glastonbury music and arts festival, made statements about the President saying, “I think Trump needs help” and, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Depp later issued an apology after saying his joke was misconstrued. No other punishment other than having to issue said apology.
This is just a short list of the celebrities that have called for harm to President Trump, and it’s an occurrence that happens more frequently. When did this become the norm? When did we allow celebrities to speak ill of the Commander in Chief, without punishment?
Rewind back to March 2003 when Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines made comments against than President George Bush prior to the war in Iraq:
“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence. And we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”
The backlash to those comments against the President was swift and angry. The Dixie Chicks, once top platinum selling artists were black listed by radio stations, had tours canceled and CD’s and memorabilia burned in piles by individuals who had once been fans of the group. The Dixie Chicks are just now starting to build their careers back from the dark hole they were placed into by outraged Americans.
So, I ask you this, where is that outrage against the celebrities who are calling for the harm and violence against President Trump? When did this change? And Why? Where are those angry, proud to be American individuals?