A New York Times columnist apologized Thursday for a tweet that seemed to jokingly suggest the only way to end Donald Trump’s presidential bid would be an assassination attempt.
“A lot readers were offended by my Trump/’Dead Zone’ joke from yesterday. I can see why, and I've deleted the tweet. Apologies,” Ross Douthat tweeted.
A lot readers were offended by my Trump/"Dead Zone" joke from yesterday. I can see why, and I've deleted the tweet. Apologies.— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) February 25, 2016
A day earlier, Douthat tweeted a link to a YouTube video of a scene from the 1983 film "The Dead Zone," where Christopher Walken’s character tries to assassinate a politician. The tweet said, “Good news guys I’ve figured out how the Trump campaign ends.”
Douthat faced a backlash for the comment, considering Trump reportedly has faced threats throughout the campaign.
Douthat has since deleted the tweet.