There’s a Pennsylvania man on the loose right now who has threatened Donald Trump’s life.
You may not have heard about it on CNN or any other so-called “mainstream news” outlet. I’ve been trying to imagine how the media might have reported such an occurrence during Barack Obama’s time in the White House. I suspect there would have been wall-to-wall coverage on CNN. Trump? Not a word.
But perhaps more egregious than this selective reporting, I’ll bet dollars to donuts that when Shawn Christy is finally caught, he’ll confess he was inspired by the fake news reporting of CNN or MSNBC or maybe the New York Times or Washington Post.
By the way, Christy was already wanted on aggravated assault charges and is currently on probation. He was convicted in 2012 of harassing Alaska attorneys for former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Meanwhile, with Christy on the lam and who-knows-how-many-others like him there are lurking in the shadows, washed-up actor Peter Fonda went on a late-night Twitter rant suggesting 12-year-old Barron Trump should be ripped from “his mother’s arms and put in a cage with pedophiles” – in ALL CAPS, no less. After the president and the first lady rebuked him publicly and the Secret Service paid him a visit, Fonda coughed up a semi-apology, saying, “I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television. Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused.”
In other words, Fonda admitted that he was incited by fake news reports in the media. How many others do you suppose were as well?
At what point does the left’s Trump Derangement Syndrome cross the line of criminality?
In criminal law, incitement is defined as encouraging another person to commit a crime.
Threatening the president is a felony under United States Code Title 18, Section 871. It consists of knowingly and willfully mailing or otherwise making “any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the president of the United States.” This also includes presidential candidates and former presidents. The Secret Service is charged with investigating suspected violations.
There’s been far too much of this going since the day Trump was elected president – in fact, even before.
Celebrities seem especially susceptible to Trump Derangement Syndrome – probably because there is absolutely no price to pay career-wise. In fact, it probably helps. You don’t get the Roseanna Barr treatment if your venomous wrath is directed Trump-ward.
Take Robert De Niro’s obscene verbal tirade on live television at Tony Awards: “I’m going to say one thing, F— Trump. It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump.’ It’s f— Trump.”
There have been no apologies from De Niro reported. Neither were there any reports of Secret Service interest. He did, however, get a standing ovation from the crowd at Radio City Music Hall.
We’re all familiar with other celebrities who have crossed the line:
- There was Madonna at the women’s march following the inauguration in January 2017, saying she had “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House” on the day after Trump officially took residence there.
- There was Rosie O’Donnell In July 2017, tweeting a link to a game called “Push Trump Off A Cliff Again.”
- How about Larry Wilmore, the former host of Comedy Central on February 2016? Trump was only a candidate for president then, but Wilmore was inspired by his tormented demons to say: “I don’t want to give him any more oxygen. That’s not a euphemism, by the way. I mean it literally. Somebody get me the pillow they used to kill [Supreme Court Justice Antonin] Scalia and I’ll do it — I’ll do it!”
- Do you remember so-called comedian George Lopez way back in the primary season of 2016? He tweeted a cartoon image of former Mexican President Vincente Fox holding the decapitated head of Donald Trump with the caption “Make America Great Again.”
- Marilyn Manson released a teaser video for his song, “Say10,” right after the 2016 election. It included a Trump-like figure wearing a suit and a red tie lying decapitated on a concrete floor in a pool of his own blood.
- Recall Snoop Dogg’s music video in March 2017? He portrayed Trump as a clown, and, at the end of the video, the rapper points a gun at the Trump figure and shoots. A red flag that read “Bang!” fires out of the gun.
- Another so-called comedian, Kathy Griffin, held up photos of a fake bloody, decapitated Trump head. She was dropped from her annual New Year’s Eve gig by CNN, but she’s still out there – and still working.
- Then there was New York City’s distinguished Public Theater’s “Julius Caesar” – a “modern adaptation. A Trump-like figure playing the title role is stabbed to death by a band of angry senators to wild applause.
- Some musician named Moby in June 2017 produced a video of a Transformer-like Trump morphing into a swastika-combination-dollar sign wreaking havoc on a city before meeting a fiery, explosive death.
- Don’t forget Johnny Depp at an appearance at the U.K.’s 2017 Glastonbury music and arts festival: “I think Trump needs help,” he stuttered. “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
- Then there was the late Anthony Bourdain, a former CNN show host and celebrity chef who was asked what he would serve a peace summit between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. “Hemlock,” he offered shortly before this tortured soul committed suicide.
You get the picture?
There’s no penalty anymore – not with Trump. You can say anything, do any thing and there’s no price to pay. Like I said, I bet it’s a career booster in the so-called “entertainment business.”
Unless there is a price paid, it’s the end of civil discourse in America. This isn’t freedom of speech, it’s incitement to kill the president, those around him and not to mention those who support him enthusiastically and elected him. How crazy is it getting now? In the Washington, D.C., metro area, those who work for Trump are being turned down for service at restaurants.
Worse yet, there’s no end in sight. It’s escalating. It’s fueled by what we euphemistically call the “mainstream media,” which portrays Trump as a criminal, a Nazi, a white supremacist, an uncaring bigot, a let-them-eat-cake billionaire, a sociopath. It’s carried out by irresponsible celebrities who are protected by their own wealth and their own industries.
Meanwhile, the only celeb I know who is out of work for something she said is Roseanne Barr. And we all know that’s only because she’s a Trump supporter.
It’s time to start prosecuting some of these reprobates.