Johnny Depp Jokes About Assassinating President Trump

Johnny Depp made a joke Thursday night while giving a talk during the Glastonbury festival before the screening of The Libertine, a 2004 movie about John Wilmot a drunken poet who doesn’t become famous until after he dies.

During Johnny Depp’s talk, Depp joked with the audience, “Can you bring Trump?” According to the New York Times, “the remark was met with booing and jeering,

Donald Trump continued by saying, “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… 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.”

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LOS ANGELES – MAY 18: Johnny Depp arrives for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” US Premiere on May 18, 2017 in Hollywood, CA (DFree /

First of all, there is a lot to unpack here. First of all, the last time an actor assassinated a president was in 1865, when John Wilkes Booth shot and killed Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s theater.

The White House did not find this joke funny. Kellyanne Conway, the counselor to the president, told The Washington Post, “The joke is no laughing matter. These things are real.”

Also, a spokesman for the Secret Service told The Post the agency is reportedly “aware of the comment in question. For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities.”