After Donald Trump was elected President in November, there were very few things that were off limits when it came to making jokes about him. I mean, from his Twitter account to everything he says, he really sets himself up for some laughs. But if the reactions to a crude tweet about Barron Trump by SNL writer Katie Rich show anything, it is that jokes about children are strictly off limits.
A few hours after President Trump was sworn in, SNL “Weekend Update” writer Rich wrote a tweet, now deleted, saying that President Trump‘s 10-year-old son, Barron, would be America’s “first homeschool shooter.” Although the tweet was only up for a few hours, it attracted plenty of Twitter users who did not think that targeting a child was okay but one of the most prominent reactions to the crude comment came from Chelsea Clinton. In a Facebook post on Sunday, she wrote that every child deserves the chance to be a kid, even Barron.
On Monday, Rich issued an apology via Twitter saying that her actions were completely "inexcusable" and she is "so sorry" but regardless of this, the New York Times reports that Rich has now been suspended indefinitely.
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
Lesson learned? Let's hope so.