President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist after giving his acceptance speech as his wife Melania Trump, right, and their son Barron Trump follow him during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Barron Trump Thought It Was Real…When Are Late Night Shows Going to Apologize?

TMZ reported that Barron Trump saw whatshername holding a fairly realistic horror mask of his father’s head.

Trump family sources tell us Barron was in front of the TV watching a show when the news came on and he saw the bloody, beheaded image. We’re told he panicked and screamed, “Mommy, Mommy!”

He’s 11 years old. I wouldn’t want my kids, who are 7 and 6, to see that image even if they knew it was fake. It’s grotesque and obscene. Even an 11-year-old might suffer some nightmares and other damage from seeing this, especially because it’s his dad.

I’m done saying shame on whatshername. But she did this precisely because she believed that the tide would carry her to fame. And all ships in the political-entertainment universe have been riding the Trump tide for many, many months.

Political jokes aside, when it gets personal, it’s someone’s dad, or granddad. This isn’t politics, as in “shake it off.” It’s not some weird patriotic devotion to the president that shames it, it’s basic human decency.

Just a few weeks ago, Stephen Colbert triumphantly crowed when Trump went after him in Time Magazine.

“Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump,” Colbert said, composing himself as the crowd noise died down. “There’s a lot you don’t understand. But I never thought one of those things would be show business. Don’t you know I’ve been trying for a year to get you to say my name?! And you were very restrained. Admirably restrained.”

“But now you did it!” Colbert said triumphantly. “I won.”

But last month, Colbert denied to the Hollywood Reporter that it was about ratings and entertainment.

Do you owe Donald Trump a thank-you note?

(Long pause.) No. I would trade good ratings for a better president. How about that? The interesting thing is that when we were prepping all that time, we weren’t waiting for Donald Trump. We were waiting for something that everybody cared about. Do you know what I mean? Donald Trump is epoch-making; he changes everything. And so we were ready for something that galvanized people’s attention and changed their priorities. The thank-you note is to my staff for being ready — that’s the thank-you note. Because if it’s not Donald Trump, it’s something else. There will be something else that we care about, hopefully happy, possibly tragic. But we’re ready to talk about what just happened, whenever it happens now. And that’s what we’ve learned. And so my thank-you note is not to Donald Trump. He can go with God.

(Pure bull excrement.)

Nothing in Trumpworld has been off-limits for the late-night comic pundits. Samantha Bee went after Ivanka. John Oliver, Trevor Noah, and Seth Meyers have mercilessly lampooned, attacked and berated Trump and everyone associated with him. By extension, they’ve been mocking and demeaning everyone who voted for Trump–who won the election!

In this environment, why wouldn’t a Z-list Klutzy Gaffemeister shout “go for it!” and deal with apologies later. Something in her gut probably told her “this is a bad idea,” but again, Trump has been an open and inviting target, so why not?

Here’s why not.

An 11-year-old boy saw his dad’s decapitated head depicted on television. Only a monster would show that image to a young boy. Only those who privately have no problem with a monster, but are successful enough so they don’t have to resort to this kind of shock to make their own monstrous points, would enable an environment where this can happen.

And I don’t have to remind anyone what would have happened if a conservative comic appeared holding the severed head of Barack Obama during his presidency. Riots would have broken out. Think pieces blaming every conservative and Republican politician and writer in the country would have been penned in The Atlantic, the New York Times and other media.

When Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in the head by a demented mental nightmare, Max Fisher wrote an 824-word indictment against Sarah Palin because she used a political map using crosshairs to target certain districts needing GOP attention. He cited The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, New York Times’ Matt Bai, and Psychology Today’s David Weisman. The nightly news focused on this imagery for days.

But Palin didn’t hold a bloody mask of Giffords’ head on television. She was blamed for using “imagery of armed revolution.” If Palin was even considered to be potentially guilty of creating an atmosphere that led to Giffords shooting (which is nonsense and totally unrelated to what actually happened), then how much more should Colbert, Bee, Oliver, Noah and company be guilty of creating the environment that led to Gaffmeister’s awful action?

I think they all need to apologize and rethink the way they make their living, and at who’s expense. I’ll wait here for the apology–but I don’t expect to hear one from such self-important bubble-dwellers convinced of their own relevance.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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