Stand-up comedian Stephen Spinola decided he would join in the attacks on 10-year-old Barron Trump last Friday, as his father Donald Trump was being inaugurated.
In two tweets he later deleted, Spinola offered these gems of humor: “Barron Trump looks like a very handsome date-rapist to be,” and, “I don’t want my Mom to get raped, but if she does I hope it’s by Barron Trump. Small pp [sic] would be painless and we’d win lots of money in court.”
Threats started mounting, according to Spinola:
The comedian tweeted an apology: “I believe in Math and the stats are saying I made a bad joke. I truly apologize if it hurt Barron Trump’s feelings. And thats all I can say.”
After Infowars wrote inaccurately in a story that Spinola was a writer for Comedy Central, and created an online petition calling for Comedy Central to fire him, over 100,000 people signed the petition.
Comedy Central issued a tweet declaring Spinola had never worked for them:
Comedy Central fired back:
Spinola claimed he has received numerous death threats:
By Thursday, Spinola had changed his mind about his apology: