On Thursday, actor Johnny Depp is retracting the joke he made about killing President Donald Trump, saying “I intended no malice.”
“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he stated to People magazine. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
At the Glastonbury Festival in England, Depp was presenting a screen of his 2004 movie “Libertine” where he began commenting that the Trump “needs help.”
Depp proclaimed, “I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go.”
The crowd gave a mixed reaction as he continued, “It is just a question. I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it.”
“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Depp questioned in reference to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. “Now, I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”
“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead,” the White House published in a statement first reported by Variety. “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.”
First reported by The Blaze.