The targeting of Donald Trump's ten-year-old son, Barron, by trolls and media personalities has been the source of widespread outrage since Friday's inauguration. Now, Independent Journal Review can confirm that at least one of the high profile personality who mocked Barron has been “suspended indefinitely” from her job at NBC.
In a quote given to IJR, a person familiar with the situation has confirmed that Katie Rich, a writer for Saturday Night Live, was suspended immediately after her tweet calling Barron a 'homeschool shooter.' The source made clear that Rich's suspension was indefinite and effective immediately. This would explain the absence of Rich's name from the credits of the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live.
During the presidential inauguration ceremony on Friday, Rich took to Twitter to declare:
"Barron will be this country's first homeschool shooter.”
Her tweet saw an immediate backlash from all sides of the political spectrum, and the general consensus is that regardless of how anyone feels about Donald Trump, the children of a public figure should be off limits.
On Saturday, Rich deleted the offending tweet and her entire Twitter account, but until now it was unclear what action, if any, had been taken by NBC in response to Rich's tweet. When Fox News approached NBC for comment, they refused, saying:
“NBC will not be commenting.”
This afternoon, Katie Rich reactivated her Twitter account to issue an apology:
The move bucks a disturbing trend of allowing those in the chattering class to get away with vicious mocking the Trump children without repercussion. In 2014, a GOP House staffer was fired for criticizing the Obama children's fashion and demeanor during a public event.