Johnny Depp is now the latest celebrity to make an inflammatory statement about injuring the President. During an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival Depp said:
When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?
I want to clarify; I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while, and maybe it is time.”
The White House did respond, and Fox News reports:
A White House official told Fox News, “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official.”
A United States Secret Service Official told Fox News, “The Secret Service is aware of Mr. Depp’s comments. For operational security reasons, we do not discuss specifically or in general terms the means and methods of how we conduct our protective responsibilities.”
Depp’s comments come a week after a politically motivated shooting against Republicans in Alexandria Virginia.
However, Depp did issue a statement on Friday to People magazine saying:
I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he said. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”