Johnny Depp jokes about Donald Trump assassination during Glastonbury Festival

"When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" Depp rhetorically asked

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published June 23, 2017 9:01AM (EDT)

 (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Johnny Depp learned may have learned the wrong lesson from the Kathy Griffin controversy. His recent comments at the English Glastonbury arts festival about President Donald Trump will likely embroil the actor in unwanted controversy.

After asking the audience "Can you bring Trump here?" and being met with a chorus of boos, Depp joked, "You misunderstand completely. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to clarify: I’m not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been a while and maybe it’s time."

Depp seemed to realize his comments could get him in trouble, adding "By the way, this is going to be in the press and it’ll be horrible. It’s just a question, I’m not insinuating anything."

Nevertheless, Depp's comments have sparked the predictable outrage from the right, with a Twitter account that claims to come from the Tennessee Republican Party even calling for a Secret Service investigation of Depp due to his harsh words about Trump.

Depp has made it clear for a while that he deeply dislikes Trump. In addition to starring in the satirical film "The Art of the Deal: The Movie," Depp once said, "If Donald Trump is elected president of the United States, in a kind of historical way it’s exciting because we will see the actual last president of the United States. It just won’t work after that."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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