ENTERTAINMENT

Anthony Bourdain latest celebrity to joke about killing Trump

Melina Druga
Author
Melina Druga
Anthony Bourdain latest celebrity to joke about killing Trump

Poisoning by hemlock?

Sounds like a way to murder someone in the Middle Ages.

When a TMZ reporter recently asked celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain what would be on the menu if he were catering a dinner between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, he said hemlock — and laughed.

Hemlock is extremely toxic. It kills via respiratory failure, affecting the nerve impulses to the muscles. It is so poisonous people have died after eating animals that have consumed hemlock.

Bourdain clearly was joking in the TMZ video, but it's not funny. At all.

The liberal media has normalized people hurling threats of violence — and even death — at Trump and his family. Let's just take as an example the most recent death threats against the president from the likes of Hollywood hacks such as Johnny Depp, Kathy Griffin, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Sheen, and Mickey Rourke.

Never in the history of the USA has the liberal media and Hollywood normalized behaviors that found it acceptable to wish for the death of a democratically elected sitting president.

Conservatives took to Twitter to degrade him, calling him “snowflake” and a “piece of garbage” and demanding the Secret Service show up at Bourdain’s door. The tweeters also bashed liberals referring to them as “vile people.” Others, however, including Fox News and Breitbart News, took a calmer approach, reporting on the event without commentary, as did the liberal media.

Even conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who despises the left, tweeted, “Annoyed prissy conservatives forcing me to defend CNN & Bourdain but...Q: What would U serve Trump & NK dictator? A: ‘Hemlock’ is a JOKE.”

Bourdain is the host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown.”

Normalizing Death Threats?

Bourdain is just the latest celebrity to publicly express his displeasure with Trump by joking about him being assassinated. But it's a sad day when people believe comedy shows and entertainers provide real news — and that the liberal media refuses to report hard truths. After all, Colbert's Emmy Awards had the lowest ratings in the event's 69-year history, perhaps because America is fed up with the New York and L.A. bubble.

Trump’s life has been threatened numerous times. The first threats as a public official came not long after Election Day with “a flood of calls on Twitter and other social media outlets for the president-elect to be assassinated.”

Why doesn’t the media take these threats seriously?

Threatening the president, vice president and/or their families is illegal and the Secret Service has the legal right to investigate all threats. The law “prohibits knowing and willful threats to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm.”

Under the law prosecution “would not only require proof that the statement could reasonably be perceived as a threat but would also require some evidence that the maker intended the statement to be a threat. Objective circumstances would bear upon the proof of both subjective intent and objective perceptions.”

Basically, death threats are only considered credible if there is a reasonable expectation that the threat will be carried out. And, sadly, presidents receive death threats throughout their tenure in office. The most credible threats generally aren’t reported in the media because the Secret Service is fearful revealing details to the public only will encourage copycats.

President Barack Obama received at least 30 death threats daily during his first year in office with the threats increasing 400 percent from the 3,000 threats a year George W. Bush received. The vast majority of these threats were never reported by the media and were kept secret even to the president himself, and in this age of social media, the Secret Service’s job has gotten even harder.

“On the one hand, we want people to be able to criticize government, elected officials, and candidates passionately and emphatically,” TIME said in 2011. “On the other hand, threats can go too far.”

All this commentary just illustrates the disgraceful bias all of these outlets have. In recent decades, federal courts have struggled with the borderline between free speech and a credible threat.

So remember: The next time a celebrity makes a death comment about Trump, it might be in bad taste, but far more sinister threats lurk in the shadows.

Photo credit: Flickr