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Comedian Stirs Huge Backlash Over Trump Joke

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Comedian George Lopez (Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Outback Concerts)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 January 2020 11:57 AM

Comedian George Lopez caused a stir and huge backlash after cracking a Trump bounty joke that has drawn the ire of many and, according to one report, the attention of the Secret Service.

Lopez first drew backlash on Monday, when he commented on an Instagram post about an alleged $80 million price on President Donald Trump's head, which was said to have been set by Iranian authorities following Gen. Qassem Soleimani's assassination last week.

"We'll do it for half," the 58-year-old comedian replied to the post.

The remark had dozens of enraged conservatives calling for Lopez's arrest. Among them was Charlie Kirk, the founder and president of national conservative organization Turning Point USA, who pointed out that Lopez was reportedly charged with battery after a scuffle with a Trump supporter in New Mexico.

"Now he's threatening to assassinate the president on Instagram. This sounds like a credible threat to me based on his previous actions. Will he be held accountable?" Kirk wrote in a tweet.

"PLEASE REPORT GEORGE LOPEZ. George Lopez said he would assassinate President Trump for bounty money," said conservative comedian Terrence K. Williams, according to NBC News. "We have a duty to report any threats or violence against the president, his family or anyone in his administration."

Anna Paulina Luna, a Republican running for Congress in St. Petersburg, Florida, also hopped on Twitter to weigh in on the matter.

"For those saying that @georgelopez was only "joking" about assassinating @realDonaldTrump, do you actually believe this type of joke would have been okay in reference to either @BarackObama or @MichelleObama?" she tweeted.

The Secret Service appears to be taking the comment seriously and is deliberating on whether or not there is any real threat behind the quip, TMZ reported. Lopez may find himself in a one-on-one interview with agents, but until then he has an enraged public to deal with.

His spokesperson attempted to smooth things over in a statement to Newsweek, insisting that Lopez's comment was "absolutely a joke" and nothing more.

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Comedian George Lopez caused a stir and huge backlash after cracking a Trump bounty joke that has drawn the ire of many and, according to one report, the attention of the Secret Service.
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