It's been three days since Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich tweeted an appalling joke about Donald Trump's 10-year-old son, Barron Trump. Shockingly, NBC has nothing to say on the matter.
During Friday's Presidential Inauguration, some Twitter users thought it would be a good idea to air their questionable thoughts about Barron Trump seemingly looking bored or uncomfortable during the ceremony. Unhappy with the explanation that he's simply a ten-year-old who never asked to be thrust into the national spotlight and could understandably be uncomfortable with that attention, SNL writer Katie Rich shared her thoughts in a now deleted tweet:
“Barron will be this country's first homeschool shooter.”
On Saturday, Rich deleted the tweet in question and later went on to delete her entire Twitter account. That night, her name was suspiciously absent from the credits for Saturday Night Live's latest show, where the names of the entire writing staff is listed every week. All of this is indicative of a change happening in the writing room at SNL, but NBC hasn't said a word about the matter.
“NBC will not be commenting.”
In the past, mocking the children of a politician had been considered off limits. GOP Hill staffer Elizabeth Lauten was publicly shamed for criticizing the clothing choices of Barack Obama's daughters and ultimately lost her job. While what Lauten said was completely inappropriate, it was also decidedly more tame than some of the things that have been said about Barron Trump in the past few days, with comments ranging from comparisons to infamous spree killers to accusations of animal mutilation.
So has Katie Rich been fired? No one knows yet.