Last week, a U.S. airstrike killed Iranian General Quassem Soleimani, who has been blamed for widespread acts of terror, including the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers during and after the Iraq War. Iranian authorities have vowed revenge, allegedly promising an $80 million dollar bounty payable to anyone who assassinates President Donald Trump.
“Just a joke”
While Fox News quoted one of Lopez’s representatives as insisting that the comment was “just a joke,” federal authorities may not be so quick to see the humor in it.
“The Secret Service is aware of the Tweet made by Mr. Lopez,” a representative from the law enforcement agency told the Examiner on Monday.
“The Secret Service takes all threats against the President and or any of our protectees seriously, and as a matter of practice, we do not comment on matters involving protective intelligence,” the representative continued.
Lopez has since received sharp criticism from conservatives, with Turning Point USA’s founder and president Charlie Kirk calling his statement “sick.”
This is far from being the first time that a celebrity has wished violence upon the president. In 2017, comedienne Kathy Griffin released a photo of herself holding bloody mock-up of Trump’s severed head.
That same year, rapper Snoop Dogg put out a video in which he subjected a clown resembling the president to a mock execution.
Meanwhile, the cover art for a Snoop Dogg album titled “Make America Crip Again” featured a dead man in a morgue whose toe tag bore the name Trump.
At the 2017 Women’s March, pop star Madonna openly mused about deploying explosives as a means to eliminate Trump, saying she had “thought about blowing up the White House.”
Veteran actor Robert DeNiro has expressed a desire to assault the president with his fists, stating in 2016 that he wanted “to punch Trump in his face.” Just last month, DeNiro said that while he didn’t wish to “literally” exact serious violence on the president, he did declare that he would like to see “a bag of s*** right in [Trump’s] face.”
This phenomenon sadly isn’t limited to entertainers alone. During a speech at the University of Miami, former Vice President Joe Biden said he would like to “beat the hell” out of Trump behind a high school gymnasium, though he later claimed to regret his choice of words.