SNL Writer Katie Rich Suspended After Nasty Attack on Barron Trump On Twitter
On Friday, after the inauguration, TGP reported that Katie Rich, a writer for Saturday Night Live, tweeted that “Barron will be this country’s first home-school shooter.” She received tremendous backlash on Twitter; people called for her firing.
Chicago Tribune reports:
A writer for “Saturday Night Live” has apologized for a tweet last week about Barron Trump, the 10-year-old son of President Donald Trump — a tweet that has since been deleted.
On Friday, after the inauguration, Katie Rich, a Chicago native and Second City alum, tweeted that “Barron will be this country’s first home-school shooter.” The reaction on Twitter was swift and pointed: Minor children of the president are off-limits.
For much of the weekend, Rich’s Twitter account was de-activated. It was restored Monday afternoon and contained just a single tweet: “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”
Rich’s name was absent from the credits after Saturday’s broadcast. However, on NBC’s media website for journalists, Rich is still listed as a writer.
When contacted by the Tribune, “SNL” had no comment regarding the tweet nor Rich’s employment status. A person familiar with the situation said that Rich was suspended immediately after her tweet and the suspension is indefinite.
Rich also has not responded to an interview request.
After initially deactivating her Twitter account, she decided to reactivate it on Monday. She deleted all of her tweets and sent out an apology tweet:
If Katie Rich disagrees with Donald Trump’s policies, she should direct her comments towards him. Attacking Barron Trump who is only a 10 year old boy is absolutely disgusting. It is never okay to attack a child. SNL made the right decision for suspending her indefinitely. I believe in free speech, but I also believe that a person should be held accountable for the things they say.
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