"Saturday Night Live" writer Katie Rich stooped to a new low when she took an aim at President Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son, Barron Trump, on Twitter.
"Barron will be this country's first homeschool shooter," Rich wrote in a tweet that has now been deleted.
Internet users wasted no time expressing their outrage that Rich has attacked a child, who should be kept out of the political scenario and considered off limits.
Hundreds called Rich out for her insensitive comments.
@katiemaryrich Please delete your account again. Pathetic human being.— Jörgen Ohlsson (@jorgenohlsson46) January 24, 2017
You don't pick on children for any reason! Katie Rich shouldn't be suspended, she should be fired!— Vicki Thigpen (@vickicath) January 24, 2017
@katiemaryrich got what you deserved. How dare you target a kid. Totally pathetic— Christopher Hahn (@ChrisHahn28) January 24, 2017
@katiemaryrich - you need to be fired. Your behavior was inexcusable, unethical, immoral and highly inappropriate! You're not sorry!— ❤️🐻Hannah Bear🐻❤️ (@HannahNDenver) January 24, 2017
The backlash was so strong that the writer had to delete her account. She later apologized for her “actions and offensive words” and was suspended from the show.
I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I'm so sorry.— Katie Rich (@katiemaryrich) January 23, 2017
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton also took to Facebook to express her views on the controversy.
The post garnered a lot of attention from social media users, attracting around 4,500 comments and receiving reactions from approximately 135,000 others.
“You rock, Chelsea Clinton! Thank you for showing everyone that it's important to stand up for all children, despite who they have as their parents,” one Facebook user commented on the post.
“NO CHILD should be targeted because of who their parents are or what position they hold. He is a ten year old little boy. Show him the same respect that was shown to the Bush and Obama daughters and SHOULD HAVE been shown to Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton. The children should be OFF LIMITS,” another said.
Many Twitter users even took to the site to support Rich with the hashtag #Keepkatierich. A number of them expressed that if a controversial man like Donald Trump gets to be the president of the United States, there is no reason Rich should be fired for giving her views.
#keepkatierich because if Trump can say the shit that he said and become president, then a comic can make a joke and keep her job. Fair?— Lee (@lgb1235) January 24, 2017
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