Saturday Night Live has been attacking Donald Trump, mercilessly. From Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of the man who is now President, to their mockery of Trump’s relationship with Putin, nothing is out of bounds. Well, almost nothing. When one of the SNL writers mocked 10-year-old Barron Trump, she had to answer for her actions.
Katie Rich, formerly a writer for NBC’s long-running late-night show, tweeted a message about Barron Friday. It was intended to be a joke, but its savage tone and mockery of the President’s son went a step too far, even for the crew at Saturday Night Live.
And Rich’s tweet was too much for many Americans, too. More than 80,000 have singed a petition a Change.org asking for her to be fired. Rich, in an attempt to minimize the damage, suspended her Twitter account.
After some advertisers expressed concern to the management at SNL, the show decided they’d suspend Rich. She hasn’t been fired, but she’s no longer writing for the show.
Rich must have gotten the message. On Monday, she fired up her Twitter account one more time, and issued this apology: “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”
Donald Trump hasn’t lashed out in his characteristic way. The President’s response, instead, seems restrained. He’s openly lashed out at the show before, as in this tweet from earlier this month:
There have been others who have jumped in to defend Barron. Most notable among them is Chelsea Clinton, who knows what it is like to be a child in the presidential spotlight.
Yet Chelsea didn’t miss the opportunity to take a backhanded swing at Barron’s father. Her support for Barron might have appeared more empathetic had she not used it as a tool to attack the man who kept her mother out of the White House.
Regular viewers of Saturday Night Live will, no doubt, see more Trump attacks in the coming weeks. No word yet on how, or if, the show will address this moment on screen.