Most world leaders are in power for at least a few months before fed-up citizens began calling them despots and urging the military to overthrow the government, but Donald Trump is clearly no ordinary world leader.
In office less than two weeks, President Trump has already inspired protests — both in the U.S. and throughout the world — on a scale not seen since the Vietnam war, and comedian Sarah Silverman has already started leading the charge in calling for a military coup to dislodge the former “Celebrity Apprentice” star from the Oval Office.
Is the always-hilarious standup comic and actress joking, or is she serious? It appears to be the latter, judging by this all-caps tweet she issued to her 10 million followers on Wednesday, calling Trump a “mad king.”
“WAKE UP & JOIN THE RESISTANCE. ONCE THE MILITARY IS W US FASCISTS GET OVERTHROWN. MAD KING & HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE,” she tweeted, followed by four heart emojis.
Whether coincidental or not, Silverman’s tweet was sent out at the same time a protest at UC Berkeley in California turned into a riot over a planned talk by Milo Yiannopoulos, editor of the extreme right-wing Breitbart website (which was previously run by controversial Trump adviser Steve Bannon).
Yiannoplous has been branded a racist, misogynist, anti-Muslim and white supremacist by his critics, and didn’t earn many friends when he got himself banned from Twitter after spearheading a social media harassment campaign against “SNL”/”Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones.
However, the president appears to be a Yiannopoulos fan, and lashed out at U.C. Berkeley with a not-so-veiled threat to yank the university’s federal funding.
Silverman’s tweet received accolades from those who oppose Trump and vitriol from Trump supporters, a clear indication of the deepening political divide in the U.S. since Trump took office.
The next day, the renowned Democrat (she campaigned for Hillary Clinton and spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention) offered this followup that indicates she hasn’t rethought her stance:
The commander in chief has yet to comment on Silverman’s tweet, although if Trump’s Twitter account is any indication, we can likely expect some kind of social media retaliation in the wee hours of the morning.