Former ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star Suggests the President Be ‘Publicly Hanged’, Then Deletes Tweet

LONG BEACH, CA - March 14: Actor John Schneider attends the Fifth Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race - Race Day on March 14, 1981 at the Long Beach Street Circuit in Long Beach, California.  (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

LONG BEACH, CA – March 14: Actor John Schneider attends the Fifth Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race – Race Day on March 14, 1981 at the Long Beach Street Circuit in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
(Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Former ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star Suggests the President Be ‘Publicly Hanged’, Then Deletes Tweet

Andreas J Campa

Dec. 21, 2023

a

former

1980s television star who rose to fame in the sitcom “The Dukes of Hazzard,” which featured a Dodge Charger with a giant Confederate flag, accused the president

Joe

Biden to be a traitor and suggested he be publicly executed.

Actor John Schneider, 63, responded to a tweet from Biden on Wednesday evening, saying: Mr. President, I believe you are guilty of treason and should be publicly hanged. [sic]. Your son too. Your reaction is..?

Schneider was a leading character in the hit 1980s sitcom The Dukes of Hazzard, which centered on a pair of brothers living in a fictional county in Georgia. He played Beauregard Bo Duke, who shared his

the same

name along

as the

famous Civil War general PGT Beauregard.

On the same day he posted the tweet, Schneider was named runner-up in the finals of the Fox singing competition The Masked Singer. He performed like a crooning doughnut.

Schneider’s tweet referred to a message from Biden earlier in the day in which the president lashed out at Republican front-runner and former President Donald Trump. Biden said Trump poses many threats to our country, but the greatest threat is to our democracy. If we lose that, we lose everything.

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Schneider’s response was viewed hundreds of thousands of times before it was deleted.

Some media reported that the Secret Service, which is in charge of protecting the First Family, had opened an investigation into the matter.

Secret Service spokesman Steven Kopek said the agency was aware of Mr. Schneider’s comments but as a matter of practice would neither confirm nor deny that an investigation was underway.

However, we can say that the Secret Service investigates all threats related to our protected persons, Kopek added.

A call to the agent and Schneider’s office was not immediately returned.

Schneider told entertainment news site Deadline that his comments had been misinterpreted.

“I absolutely did not call for an act of violence or threaten an American president, as many other celebrities have done in the past,” he said. I suggest you read my actual post again.

He further added that he was entitled to his opinion, adding that some leaders of our nations in Washington have lost their way.

Schneider is not the first celebrity to face serious backlash for statements or actions against a sitting president. Comedian Kathy Griffin was fired from CNN in 2017 for showing a bloody, gory photo featuring Trump’s fake severed head.

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