It’s very fashionable to make jokes and even threats against conservatives — up to and including the president, but one comedian went too far — and backpedaled in a hurry.
George Lopez made a comment about a supposed bounty on President Donald Trump on Twitter – indicating he would like to cash in by assassinating the president himself. Lopez was quick to back up and state that his statement was just a joke. The “joke” claims came after a fast and furious backlash on social media.
The bounty in question sprung from an Instagram post by an unverified account. The post suggested that Iran has offered a sum of $80 million to anyone who assassinates the president. This came after the funeral of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, who was killed by US forces via President Donald Trump’s orders last week.
Lopez highlighted the bounty and replied he would do the job for less than was offered.
“We’ll do it for half,” Lopez shared.
It didn’t take long for Twitter users to notice, and both Lopez’ name and the hashtag #ArrestGeorgeLopez were swiftly trending on Twitter. Some users even requested Secret Service intervention, demanding that the threat against the president be taken seriously.
Lopez himself left the conversation quickly and his PR team stepped in. His representatives were quick to report that the comment was only a joke; they spoke to Fox News and other media organizations in an attempt to minimize the damage.
Not all Twitter users were upset by the comedian’s remarks, rushing to his defense and comparing the incident to remarks made in the past by conservative performers. In 2012, Ted Nugent made headlines when he was investigated by the Secret Service for mentioning a gun in the same sentence as name of then President Barack Obama. Nugent stated that President Obama could “suck on my machine gun” and outrage promptly ensued. The singer’s remarks were investigated by the Secret Service, but no further action was taken.
This was not the first time Lopez spoke out against the president or conservatives. He has often taken to social media and other platforms to share jokes and his negative opinions about President Trump. Past antics included pretending to urinate on the president’s Walk of Fame star in Hollywood, and even getting in a fight with a Trump supporter at a restaurant.
Lopez has also stated that the president’s children should be considered “anchor babies” since First Lady Melania Trump was not born in the United States. Even the comedian himself seemed to think that the latest comment was too much, and he has been quiet ever since, likely hoping the Secret Service isn’t about to call on him, as they called on Ted Nugent in 2012.