'SNL' writer deletes tweet saying Barron Trump will be 'first homeschool shooter'

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A writer for "Saturday Night Live" is facing an onslaught of criticism after tweeting a joke on Inauguration Day aimed at President Donald Trump's 10-year-old son.

The tweet in question came from "Weekend Update" writer Katie Rich who posited that Barron Trump, the only child between the president and first lady Melania Trump, will grow up to become America's "first homeschool shooter."

Rich removed the controversial tweet after three hours and then set her Twitter account to protected.

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The fact that writers and other people are willing to attack Barron Trump, a ten year-old, just shows how much we really needed change.
Saturday Night Live writer @katiemaryrich attacks 10 year old kid, Barron Trump! Left has no boundaries, no morals… https://t.co/1c1Acbu792
Hey @katiemaryrich you're despicable and vile. @nbcsnl fire this woman. https://t.co/kz653jPRj2
SNL writer no doubt thinks bullying a 10-year-old CHILD is hilarious. This is truly sick. LEAVE BARRON ALONE! https://t.co/Px7XnvMaZe
Hate Trump all you want. Leave his kids - especially Barron alone. He's done nothing to you liberal scumbags ridiculing him. #SNL
Kids are off limits ... and the internet is forever. Shameful. @katiemaryrich https://t.co/LRfrJKafr7
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"The fact that writers and other people are willing to attack Barron Trump, a ten year-old, just shows how much we really needed change," said one Twitter user.

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Another user called the tweet "truly sick," saying Rich "no doubt thinks bullying a 10-year-old CHILD is hilarious."

Many users pointed out the unwritten rule that children of politicians remain off limits when it comes to criticism--this is something President Obama's administration also dealt with throughout his eight years in office.

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Sam Janney, who tweets under username @PolitiBunny, said: "Kids are off limits...and the internet is forever. Shameful @katiemaryrich."

AOL.com has reached out to Rich for a statement and will update this post once one is provided.

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