Johnny Depp, acclaimed American actor, producer, and musician, recently played with the notion of assassinating President Trump. At the Glastonbury arts festival in England on Thursday, he asked “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” He followed up this question by proposing that “it’s been a while and maybe it’s time.”
Just last month, Kathy Griffin, American comedian, writer, actress, and television host agreed to a photoshoot in which she was photographed holding up a bloody, severed head of President Trump. She was subsequently fired by CNN.
This month, the Public Theater in Central Park put on productions of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar play which depicted the murder of a Caesar who bore an uncanny resemblance to Trump.
Back in January, Madonna expressed her discontent with the new administration and stated at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. that she “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House” following a slew of profanities.
These comments are rightfully protected under the First Amendment. Nevertheless, they represent an ugly trend in American culture — just listen to the cheers from the crowds when Depp and Madonna suggest murdering the president. And that trend does not look as if it’s coming to a close. It’s been nearly seven months since Trump was elected and nearly five since he took office, and, although it has nothing to show for its anger, the Left has not yet calmed down.