Children’s Author & Jeopardy Champion Trashes Barron Trump On Twitter (TWEETS)

Ken Jennings beefs with Trump Jr. after mocking Barron"Jeopardy!" & IBM Man V. Machine Press ConferenceImage result for Ken Jennings

By now, you’ve probably heard that on Tuesday, Kathy Griffin got the bright idea to take part in a photo shoot featuring her lifting Donald Trump’s severed head. It was a stunt that was no different from the numerous effigies and images of Barack Obama being hung on the gallows.

In the face of withering criticism from all sides of the spectrum, Griffin apologized and deleted the videos from her Twitter feed. It was too little, too late. By the end of the week, CNN had bounced her from her slot as co-host of its New Year’s Eve show, and her summer tour was derailed after all of her remaining venues canceled her.

But there’s an incident of an attack on the First Family going several miles over the line that hasn’t gotten nearly as much coverage–even though it was at least as bad, and probably worse, than what Griffin did. How do you get anywhere near as outrageous as posing with the severed head of the president? Quite easily, as it turns out–by trashing the president’s 11-year-old son, Barron, on Twitter.

According to TMZ, Barron was watching the news in the penthouse at Trump Tower when one of the images of Griffin’s ill-fated photo shoot came on the screen. Barron was understandably frightened; he thought his father really had been brutally murdered. So he did what any 11-year-old would do–he screamed, “Mommy, mommy!”

Anyone, regardless of political shade, would understand how Barron felt. Well, almost anyone. When children’s author Ken Jennings–better known for his record 74-game winning streak on “Jeopardy!” in 2004–found out about how Barron reacted, he saw fit to fire off this on Twitter.

Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking

The criticism came fast, hard, and from all political shades.

Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking

@KenJennings I always try to be polite to people on here but this is a bridge too far. If this joke reflects who you are, you’re an asshole.

@KenJennings I always try to be polite to people on here but this is a bridge too far. If this joke reflects who you are, you’re an asshole.

@KenJennings You’ll get your Likes and RT’s though. Guess that’s more important that self respect, dignity, or empathy for an 11 year old.

@KenJennings You’ll get your Likes and RT’s though. Guess that’s more important that self respect, dignity, or empathy for an 11 year old.

@KenJennings Oh and before you get a chance I know POTUS is flawed so spare me the “what about” charade. Reflect on doing what’s right. ✌️

@knowshismasters @KenJennings @frankthorp Haha would you get a load of this guy he actually thinks hes edgy for insulting an 11 year old child.

Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking

@KenJennings I can’t believe anyone as intelligent as you doesn’t see the problem with mocking a child–any child–in this way.

Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking

Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking

@KenJennings I said it about Bush’s and Obama’s girls, and I’ll say it now: There is no decency in attacking the children of the POTUS. He’s 11. Grow up.

Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking

@KenJennings This sounds like bullying a kid. Horrible. I would never buy a children’s book written by a bully.

Did this make Jennings back off? Nope. When one user begged him to lay off Barron, Jennings actually doubled down.

Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking

@KenJennings No, please don’t. He’s a child.

@SlugCannery I have moved the necktie to one side of the ham but it still looks a little like the president. 🙁

He then claimed that he was actually calling out Liz Wheeler of fringe right-wing cable network One America News Network for using Barron as a prop.

@KenJennings I can’t believe anyone as intelligent as you doesn’t see the problem with mocking a child–any child–in this way.

@ImJuliCaldwell The joke doesn’t mock Barron. It mocks using him for political cover…and specifically this amazing tweet: https://twitter.com/Liz_Wheeler/status/869933001102082050 

The tweet in question?

TMZ reports: Barron Trump was watching TV & saw @kathygriffin holding the severed head. He thought it was his dad. My heart is broken.

Come off it, Ken. You expect us to believe that an author couldn’t find a way to make a dig at Wheeler and leave Barron out of it? And you expect us to believe you when you actually doubled down on your original tweet?

While Trump has remained silent for now, his oldest son, Donald, Jr., joined in on the effort by the Twitterverse to shut Jennings’ mouth for him.

It takes a real man to pick on an 11 year old. Yet another low from the left, but they will rationalize this away with their usual excuses. https://twitter.com/kenjennings/status/869982330743513089 

Um, Donald, Jr.? There are a lot of us on the left who are just as outraged by this as you are.

Inquisitr’s Perri Fisher noted that this isn’t the first time that Jennings has needed 140 characters or less to open his mouth and jam his foot in deep. In 2014, he got the bright idea to trash disabled people everywhere.

In 2015, when he learned that terminally ill Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood died shortly after watching a special screening of “The Force Awakens,” Jennings saw fit to tap-dance on Fleetwood’s grave.

It can’t be a good sign that every fan who has seen the new Star Wars movie died shortly thereafter.

More recently, he “commemorated” Memorial Day with a couple of particularly tasteless tweets.

My goal is always to spend an indeterminate, liminal time in a restroom so no one can know for sure what I’m doing. It’s called a # 1.5

My goal is always to spend an indeterminate, liminal time in a restroom so no one can know for sure what I’m doing. It’s called a # 1.5

Wow. With all of these, you have to wonder if his publishers at Simon & Schuster are asleep at the switch. After all, unless I’m very wrong, no one from Simon & Schuster spoke up to denounce either of those tweets, even though Jennings was deservedly slammed on Twitter for them.

Simon & Schuster may not have a choice but to respond now. Many Twitter users have posted their telephone and online contact information and urged the publisher to tear up its contract with Jennings.

That would be the only acceptable response. Let’s be clear–we despise Trump and want to see him impeached, forced to resign, or defeated for reelection. But underage children of politicians are off limits. Period, full stop.

Apparently Jennings wasn’t paying attention when “Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich saw fit to trash Barron just 24 hours before his father took office. Within hours, NBC suspended Rich indefinitely. Her name never appeared on the credits again during “SNL’s” 42nd season, and as of this writing she still remains suspended.

Jennings should get the same treatment. If there was ever a case where a lot of good got ruined by one stupid act–okay, several stupid tweets–this is one of them. This is every bit as despicable as the almost-daily sliming that Sasha and Malia Obama had to endure. If you were outraged at how Sasha and Malia were trashed over the last eight years and can’t get outraged at what Jennings is doing here, you need to check your moral compass.

Believe it or not, there is someone who may be okay with this–Kathy Griffin. In December, Griffin told New York magazine that she was more than happy to “deliver beat down” to both Trump and Barron. No, Kathy. Kids don’t deserve a “beat down,” no matter who their father is. Had Griffin been smacked down for this, perhaps Jennings would have thought twice about his latest screed.

Well, it’s time to go high and let Jennings know this is not acceptable. Let him have it on Twitter and on Facebook. Be sure to give Simon & Schuster an earful too on Facebook and on Twitter. You can also call at 800-223-2336.

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