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Social media users came to the defence of 10-year-old Barron Trump (left).
Social media users came to the defence of 10-year-old Barron Trump (left).
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Saturday Night Live writer suspended over tweet mocking Barron Trump

The writer had joked the 10-year-old would be “America’s first homeschool shooter”.
Jan 24th 2017, 8:52 AM 30,586 58

A SATURDAY NIGHT Live writer has been suspended indefinitely after tweeting a poorly received joke about Donald Trump’s 10-year-old youngest son, Barron.

A person familiar with the situation, but not authorised to speak publicly told The Associated Press that Katie Rich was suspended immediately after writing an offensive tweet about the child.

Rich posted a tweet just after President Trump’s swearing-in ceremony, saying: “Barron Trump will be America’s first homeschool shooter”.

An outcry on social media followed, with many calling for a boycott of the TV show.

Rich later deleted the tweet, deactivated her account, but then reactivated it yesterday, apologising for the offence caused.

NBC had no comment.

Barron found support from Chelsea Clinton, with the former first daughter saying he “deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid.”

This isn’t the first time SNL has gotten in trouble for joking about the president’s children. In 1993, then-cast member Mike Myers had to write an apology letter to the Clintons after a skit that mocked Chelsea Clinton.

“She’s a kid, a kid who didn’t choose to be in public life,” SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels said at the time. He also acknowledged that said his show treated then nine-year-old Amy Carter “a little rougher” during the 1970s when Jimmy Carter was in the Oval Office.

The current controversy over Barron Trump comes as President Trump has lashed out at the way Saturday Night Live has lampooned him, with the president saying Alec Baldwin’s semi-regular portrayal of him “stinks” and calling one of the skits a “hit job.”

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