Comedy writer ‘suspended’ over Barron Trump jibe

Washington, Jan 24 (IANS) A Saturday Night Live writer has been suspended after posting a tweet mocking US President Donald Trump’s youngest son Barron, media reports said on Tuesday.

They quoted a person familiar with SNL’s plans as saying Katie Rich was suspended indefinitely, the BBC reported.

The programme’s network, NBC, is yet to comment.

On Friday, Rich posted a now-deleted tweet, saying “Barron will be this country’s first home-school shooter”.

An avalanche of criticism on social media followed. Rich later deleted her tweet, suspending her Twitter account.

However, on Monday she was back online to issue an apology. “I sincerely apologise for the insensitive tweet. i deeply regret my actions and offensive words. It was inexcusable and I’m so sorry,” Rich said on her twitter handle.

One Facebook post in reaction to her previous tweet that was shared nearly three million times, read: “NO child deserves to be talked to in such a manner… He is a child, he is to be respected and he is off limits”.

Chelsea Clinton, a former first child, also joined the support for Barron.

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