Ratcheting up the hate speech that might have driven a Bernie Sanders supporter to open fire on a GOP congressional baseball practice last week, actor Johnny Depp on Thursday made crass remarks about assassinating President Donald Trump.
“This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible ...” he said, speaking to a crowd in the United Kingdom. “When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?"
Depp was likely just trying to draw attention to himself, and might have gotten more than he had hoped for. By Friday he apologized for the remark.
The White House responded on Friday. “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead," the White House official statement said. “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.”