Johnny Depp adds to his growing list of troubles with latest Trump “joke”

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It appears that as the careers of our nation’s celebrities decline, their likelihood to draw attention to themselves with exceptionally stupid political commentary increases.

The disaster that was Kathy Griffin’s “art-project” — featuring a beheaded Trump doll — should’ve served as a reminder that publicity stunts that include mock-assassinations of the president are a bad idea. But joking about assassinating the President? Johnny Depp decided to test the waters on that.

According to FOX News:

Johnny Depp’s recent erratic behavior has many wondering if the actor is in full meltdown mode. He joked at a Thursday appearance about assassinating Donald Trump, and legal docs published by Deadline Hollywood that went viral later that day claim Depp’s team was aware he had “gotten physical” with ex-wife Amber Head.

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The docs, which were from a May 1, 2017 legal filing, detailed how Depp’s team, led by business manager Joel Mandel, learned of the supposed abuse.

“During his recent divorce from Amber Heard, Depp also [publicly] and repeatedly denied having physically abused his former wife and [publicly] accused her of manufacturing the allegations to ‘extend her fifteen minutes of fame.’ However, [Joel] Mandel was informed well after the fact through communications with various house staff and security that Depp had been extremely volatile and had sometimes ‘gotten physical’ with Heard. Mandel was also later informed that Depp had violently kicked Heard during an incident that took place in or around 2014.”

Of President Trump, the actor had this to say:

“I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go,” Depp said.

Depp, noting his comments would “be in the press,” began discussing prior assassinations of presidents.

“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he asked, referencing John Wilkes Booth assassinating President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

“I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living,” Depp said. “However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”

The timing of the “joke” couldn’t have been worse, given the recent shooting at a GOP baseball practice. As was the case with Kathy Griffin, Depp got plenty of attention, none of it positive.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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