Throughout President Donald Trump’s first term in office, various left-wing celebrities used their platform to ridicule and wish harm on him or his supporters.
Among them is actor Alec Baldwin, who recently tweeted his violent thoughts in anticipation of Trump refusing to leave the White House at the end of his term. The actor, known in recent years for impersonating the president on Saturday Night Live, began by posing a hypothetical question to more than a million social media followers.
“No kindness, no mercy”
“Who arrests Trump if he refused to concede?” Baldwin asked. “Who drags him out?”
He went on to suggest a few reactions, including pepper spray and handcuffs before venturing into more alarming scenarios.
“A knee on his neck, cutting off his oxygen?” Baldwin continued. “Does he wheeze ‘I can’t breathe.’ Just whale away on him like a piñata? Rodney King style?”
When he asked his followers for their input, the responses ranged from death by firing squad to decapitation — with one user tweeting: “No kindness, no mercy.”
Breitbart’s Joshua Klein noted that the social media platform had apparently not taken action against Baldwin or other commenters.
“Rude, thoughtless pig”
“You do realize this is all happening in your mind. Right?” Klein tweeted in response. “Dear god I hope someone young and ignorant writes your tweets.”
Of course, this was not Baldwin’s first brush with brash, offensive statements, including a voicemail message leaked in 2007 during which he could be heard yelling that his then-11-year-old daughter was a “rude, thoughtless pig.” Last month, he opined that the president’s grave should be in a Nazi cemetery and adorned with a swastika.
Furthermore, the actor was hardly alone in aiming violent rhetoric at the president. In 2017, comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted a photo of herself holding a replica of Trump’s severed head. She reposted the infamous image earlier this year.
The same year as Griffin’s initial post, Grammy winner Madonna told attendees at the Women’s March that she had “thought about blowing up the White House.”
Actor Robert DeNiro has also spoken ill of the president, asserting in a viral 2016 video: “I’d like to punch him in the face.”