Hustler Magazine sends Christmas card depicting Trump's assassination to members of Congress, sparks outrage
Hustler magazine sent members of Congress a Christmas card that had a cartoon of President Donald Trump being assassinated in the middle of a street. The cartoon not only upset the Republicans but also left a bad taste in the mouth of the POTUS' critics.
Photos of the card were tweeted out by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) who branded the cartoon drawn inside as "disgusting and hateful."
"Here's all you need to know about the radical Left. A young staffer of mine opened this in a stack of holiday mail today. Just imagine if a Conservative had distributed such a disgusting and hateful piece about a Democrat. I hope this will be investigated by the @secretservice" he captioned the tweet.
Here's all you need to know about the radical Left. A young staffer of mine opened this in a stack of holiday mail today. Just imagine if a conservative had distributed such a disgusting and hateful piece about a Democrat. I hope this will be investigated by the @secretservice pic.twitter.com/0q4FRQGdkY— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) January 2, 2020
The card in question showed a imaginary killer on the cover holding a smoking gun, saying, "I just shot Donald Trump on Fifth Avenue and no one arrested me," which was an obvious reference to Trump's comment during the 2016 presidential campaign, when he boasted, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK?"
The card also showed Trump on the ground lying in a pool of blood with multiple bullet wounds on his body. He was surrounded by people smiling and cheering, "Merry Christmas."
At the bottom corner of the card, there was a caption that said, "From all of us at Hustler."
The card was also condemned by Mark Zaid, the anti-Trump attorney who represented the whistleblower in the Ukraine scandal. "This is unacceptable, and clearly I'm no fan of this president. But this absolutely crosses the line and there should be a public apology. Something like this is not a joking matter," Zaid tweeted.
Larry Flynt, the 77-year-old founder of the magazine has well-known loathing for the president and has never tried to mask it.
Before the 2016 election, Hustler produced a porn 'parody' of Trump titled 'The Donald.' The porn mogul also offered a $1million reward to acquire compromising video footage of Trump around the same time.
A year later, Flynt took out a page-long ad in The Washington Post where he offered a "$10 million" reward in return of "information leading to the impeachment and removal of office" of the president.
"After nine tumultuous months in office, Trump has proven he's dangerously unfit to exercise the extreme power accrued by our new 'unitary executive'," the ad said.