Johnny Depp in White House Crosshairs Over Assassination Quip

Jun 23, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Johnny Depp is not on the best of terms with the White House after he made a comment mentioning the possibility of assassinating the president.

CNN reports that Depp was speaking to a crowd Thursday at the Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. when he said, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

Depp apparently realized the remark would get attention, preceding it with the comment: “This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible. … But I like that you’re all a part of it.”

The White House issued an official response today, with a statement that says: “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official.”

A Secret Service official told CNN the service was aware of Depp’s comments, but added: “For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities.”

Depp apologized for the joke today, saying in a statement: “I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

Here’s a portion of Depp’s original comments, posted by NME …


  1. Maybe he and Kathy Griffin can get together for a photo shoot.

  2. Depp appeared to be high. He was having trouble making his mouth say what his brain was trying to tell him to say. Maybe he should think before he speaks. Whoops! That’s never going to happen!

    • I’m shocked! Shocked to find out that people are high at a music festival!

  3. Recommendation to Johnny: Stick to the script. Ad-libbing is not your strong suit.

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