On Friday, in their usually hypocritical fashion, the White House complained about a “lack of outrage” over violent language aimed at Donald Trump. This happened the same day the White House hosted a Trump advisor who called for Hillary Clinton to be shot.
The statement came following a question about Julius Caesar play which is remade to feature modern presidents being shot.
“I think it’s troubling, whether it’s that or Johnny Depp’s comments,” said Press Secretary Sean Spicer. “It is, frankly, my belief, real troubling the lack of outrage that we’ve seen in some of these instances where people have said what they have said with respect to the president and the actions that should be taken.”
Spicer continued, “The president’s made it clear we should denounce violence in all of its forms. And I think if we’re going to hold to that standard, then we should all agree that that standard should be universally called out.”
Earlier that day, Al Baldasaro, a New Hampshire state representative, was welcomed to attend a ceremony where Trump was signing a bill that made it easier to fire the Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Last summer, Baldasaro made the claim that Hillary Clinton committed treason and subsequently said that anyone who commits treason should be shot.
When Spicer was asked about the hypocrisy of allowing Baldasaro at the White House, he replied that he was “not aware” of those comments about Hillary Clinton.
The Secret Service says they are aware of Depp’s comments but declined to say whether they would visit the actor. “For operational security reasons, we do not discuss specifically or in general terms the means and methods of how we conduct our protective responsibilities,” said Brayman.