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Spicer Condemns Depp's Trump Assassination Comment

By    |   Friday, 23 Jun 2017 05:57 PM

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Friday said President Donald Trump condemned any calls for violence against him, including Thursday's comments from actor Johnny Depp at a concert in England.

"It's a little troubling about the lack of outrage that we've seen in some of these instances where people have said what they've said," Spicer told reporters at the daily briefing.

"The president's made it clear that we should denounce violence in all of its forms.

"If we're going to hold to that standard, then we should all agree that that standard should be universally called out and so when those actions are depicted."

Depp apologized Friday for raising a question about assassinating Trump at a concert Thursday in Glastonbury.

"When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" he asked, rhetorically, adding: "I'm not an actor. I lie for a living."

In his apology Friday via a statement to People magazine, Depp called his comments a bad joke and said it was in bad taste.

"President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead," the White House said in a statement earlier Friday.

"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."

Spicer also noted Depp's comments came after the New York City play "Julius Caesar" was attacked for depicting the main character as Trump, who is murdered by the Roman Senate, and comedian Kathy Griffin's photograph last month holding up a fake bloodied head of Trump.

Spicer said he was not sure if Trump was aware of the "Caesar" production in Central Park by the Public Theater, which was stormed by a protester arguing it incited political violence.

"We either all agree that violence should be called out and denounced or not," Spicer told reporters.

"It's concerning when you see a pattern that these comments get made, these actions get depicted and the lack of attention that they get when it's on our side.

"I don't think that we should be resorting to that kind of language with respect to anybody in our country."

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