The press, commentators and satirists by consensus have every right to attack the sitting president. What they don’t have the right to do is attack the young children of the president.
That’s a lesson Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich learned the hard way. Here is what Rich tweeted about President Donald Trump’s youngest son, Barron Friday:
The tweet was removed and her account deleted. Rich has been suspended indefinitely by SNL. From The New York Times:
She was suspended immediately after her tweet, and her suspension is indefinite, according to someone familiar with the plans at “S.N.L.,” who was not authorized by NBC to comment on personnel matters.
That tweet on Friday, during Mr. Trump’s inauguration ceremony, drew widespread condemnation, and Ms. Rich subsequently deleted the post and deactivated her Twitter account.
Her name did not appear in the closing credits of “Saturday Night Live” in its broadcast on Saturday.
On Monday afternoon, Ms. Rich reactivated her account and posted a message that said: “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”
The suspension of Ms. Rich, who was hired to join “S.N.L.” at the end of 2013, comes at a delicate time for the program, when it has felt emboldened to lampoon Mr. Trump but has faced his swift retaliation on Twitter.
Here is Rich’s apology from her now restored account.
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
Still, many are questioning the sincerity of Rich’s apology.
Or you got in trouble and were forced to apologize. https://t.co/IklKXwOJrL
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) January 23, 2017
@katiemaryrich LOL, trying to keep your job? Get lost, kids are off limits and you know that. You are old enough to know better.
— Laura Ratliff (@wicked1121) January 23, 2017
.@katiemaryrich If you were really sorry, you would have apologized BEFORE the suspension.
— The Mad Hessian (@TheMadHessian) January 23, 2017
@katiemaryrich your conscience kicked in when the backlash started huh?
— John McLemore (@mclemorejohn1) January 23, 2017
Source: The New York Times
Source: Elite Daily