People on the left love to claim how tolerant they are. And they are tolerant…so long as one agrees with them.
If someone disagrees, he or she is evil, and must be killed.
But Johnny Depp took it to the next level with an outrageous threat.
Depp became the latest celebrity to joke about murdering Donald Trump. Even left-wing propaganda machine CNN found the comment distasteful.
Actor Johnny Depp on Thursday became the latest US celebrity to invite controversy by making a thinly veiled allusion to the killing of President Donald Trump, asking the crowd at the Glastonbury arts festival in England, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
The comments, interpreted as a nod to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth more than 150 years ago, sparked widespread condemnation.
But it’s clear the US has opened a new chapter in the debate over political expression, art and inciting violence against public figures, one that has been raging for years but has taken on a heightened pitch since Trump took office — and a slew of celebrities have lined up to oppose him with increasingly provocative language.
Depp apologized in a written statement first reported by People Magazine for the “bad joke” he made, calling it “in poor taste.”
“It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone,” he said in the statement.
The comments, abhorrent and offensive in any context, come at a sensitive time in terms of violence and political discourse, just eight days after a gunman opened fire on members of Congress at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where they were practicing for a charity baseball game. That shooting injured Republican Steve Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives, who remains hospitalized.
As Depp predicted at Glastonbury, the comment indeed made headlines and the White House did not appear to find it funny.
Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on Depp’s colleagues “to speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official.”
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said that “no joke” about killing the President is acceptable.
“I’m sick of celebrities getting away with such disgusting comments,” she wrote on Twitter.
James Hodgkinson, the deranged Bernie Sanders supporter who shot Steve Scalise, put together a “kill list” with Republicans on it, and he received his cues from outlets like CNN and MSNBC.
Celebrities like Depp only exacerbate the matter because they lend credibility to a radical ideology.
It’s time that the left tones down the violent and apocalyptic rhetoric.
Left-wing media spent over a year calling Trump the ultimate evil and telling people to join the #resistance. It was only a matter of time before the “movement” went live-fire.
Until the left condemns the actions of fascist groups like Antifa, and—more importantly–stops letting them run amok by issuing stand-down orders to the police, the rise in violence will only continue.