SNL comedy writer suspended over Barron Trump jibe

Donald Trump was recently sworn in as President

A writer for Saturday Night Live has been suspended after posting a tweet mocking US President Donald Trump’s son Barron.

Katie Rich is believed to have been suspended indefinitely after she posted a now-deleted tweet, saying “Barron will be this country’s first home-school shooter”.

Following a wave of criticism, she later issued an apology on Twitter. She wrote: I sincerely apologise for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”

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Many users on Twitter were furious about the original tweet. One wrote: “Fire her now! “#Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich wrote a disgusting tweet about #Trump’s son Barron.”

Another wrote: “BoycottSNL until Katie Rich is fired for her vicious attack on 10 year old Barron Trump! Time for #SNL to take responsibility.”

https://twitter.com/michaelharrisdr/status/823208334186647553

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Former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, also took to Facebook imploring that Barron be left alone.

She wrote: “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does – to be a kid. Standing up for every kid also means opposing POTUS policies that hurt kids.”

Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid. Standing up for every kid also means opposing POTUS policies that hurt kids.

Posted by Chelsea Clinton on Sunday, January 22, 2017

CNN presenter Jake Tapper also criticised the tweet, despite Trump recently attacking the US news station at a recent press conference. He wrote: “That it even need be said is ridiculous, but mocking the 10-year-old child of a politician you loathe is odious, immoral, & self-defeating.”

SNL has made a number of shows in recent months, parodying President Trump particularly actor Alec Baldwin whose skits as Trump proved popular during the election.

He also recently impersonated the US President during a recent rally protesting his inauguration.

Adopting his Trump voice, Baldwin said to the crowd: “I just want to say, I’ve been standing out here in the freezing cold for a long time. I have to go to the bathroom – I have to pee. But I’m holding it in, holding it in. I’m not going to pee. I’m going to a function at the Russian consulate tonight. I’m going to hold it in until I get there.”

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