Johnny Depp Joked About Killing Trump and It is Not Sitting Well

On Thursday, which incidentally was the same day court documents with fresh evidence suggesting actor Johnny Depp abused his ex-wife Amber Heard surfaced, Depp said to crowds at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?”

He first qualified the failed attempt at dark humor that is so characteristic of him by saying, “This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible.”

If you knew it was going to “be horrible,” why’d you have to go on and say it, anyway? Oh, right, because you’re Johnny-freaking-Depp.

So far, the comment has not sat well, least of all with President Donald Trump who, just weeks ago, was the subject of another “joke” gone too far, when comedian Kathy Griffin posted a photo of herself holding what appeared to be Trump’s severed head.

The Trump White House has called Depp’s comment “sad,” and a White House official released this statement:

“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its 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.”

Additionally, the Secret Service has stated that it is aware of Depp’s comment, CNN reports. “For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities,” a statement from the Secret Service says.

Violent threats against a sitting U.S. president, even if made in jest, are always shocking. But from Depp, who, if accusations by his ex-wife are to be believed, is a very violent man — maybe less so.

According to Heard, who, in 2016, produced a photo of herself with a bruised face, as well as some in Depp’s management team, Depp on numerous occasions kicked, hit, and threw things at Heard.

And he walked away from it all pretty unscathed, going on to star in blockbusters and, as one does, to attend British film festivals and threaten to kill the president. But, hey, of all people, Trump should know — “when you’re a star, they let you do it!”

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