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SNL Writer Suspended Over Barron Trump Tweet

Katie Rich had joked Barron Trump would become 'homeschool shooter'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2017 6:20 PM CST
SNL Writer Suspended Over Barron Trump Tweet
President Donald Trump, right, and his son Barron react as they view the 58th Presidential Inauguration parade for President Donald Trump in Washington. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – The Saturday Night Live writer who penned a since-deleted tweet mocking Donald Trump's 10-year-old son has been suspended from her duties on the show. Katie Rich tweeted Friday that Barron Trump "will be this country's first homeschool shooter." The tweet was swiftly condemned; Rich deleted it and deactivated her Twitter account. Her account is now back, with just one tweet currently posted on it: "I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I'm so sorry." Nearly 100,000 so far have signed a petition calling for SNL to fire Rich.

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A source tells the New York Times Rich, who was hired by SNL in 2013, was suspended from the show immediately after her tweet; her name did not appear in the credits of Saturday night's show. The Chicago Tribune notes that her name is still listed as a writer on NBC's media website for journalists. The Times' source says she will be suspended indefinitely. Chelsea Clinton has called for people to let Barron be a kid. (Read more Barron Trump stories.)

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