The backlash continues after a number of observers seized the moment on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration to launch attacks on his youngest son, 10-year-old Barron.
Rich’s tweet suggesting Barron would become “this country’s first homeschool shooter” prompted a torrent of outrage online and was quickly deleted. NBC wasn’t commenting, but TVGuide cites a source who’s familiar with the situation who says Rich was immediately placed on indefinite suspension.
The report notes that Rich’s name was missing from the credits for Saturday’s show.
Rich took to Twitter Monday to do damage control, writing: “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”
The Hill reported Monday evening that more than 79,000 people had signed a Change.org petition seeking to get Rich fired.
Another presidential offspring who suffered her own verbal abuse while in the White House added her voice to the fray. The Washington Times reports that Chelsea Clinton wrote about the incident on Facebook, commenting: “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid.”
A commenter on Rich’s Twitter account noted that Chelsea Clinton was called the “White House dog” by Rush Limbaugh back in 1992, when Chelsea was 12.
Also wading into the Barron Trump controversy was Comedy Central contributor Stephen Spinola, who was retreating Monday after sending out a tweet calling Barron Trump “a very handsome date rapist-to-be.”
Spinola said Monday on Twitter: “I believe in Math and the stats are saying I made a bad joke. I truly apologize if it hurt Barron Trump’s feelings.”
The Washington Times notes that Julie Bowen, who appears on ABC’s “Modern Family,” got fallout from her Instagram posts showing pictures of Barron during the inaugural program with captions including, “Barron, a voting majority shares your horror.”
Bowen later offered clarification, posting a message that said: “I love that Barron is a kid being a kid. My kids would be a horror show at a public event! Just trying to keep it light.”