Famed-British singer Morrissey said last month that he would kill President Donald Trump “in the interest of humanity” if he had to. Now, he’s learning those words have consequences.
What did he say?
Last month, Morrissey, whose real name is Steven Patrick Morrissey, was asked by German newspaper Der Spiegel if he would kill Trump at the “press of a button” if he had the opportunity.
Morrissey said: "I would, for the safety of humanity. It has nothing to do with my personal opinion of his face or his family, but in the interest of humanity I would push."
What happened in response?
Morrissey told his fans in a YouTube video this week that those comments graced him with a visit from the Secret Service.
He said his interview with the agency went well, but he’s not sure he’ll ever be able to enter the U.S. again. He also sarcastically thanked Der Spiegel, as if the publication was to blame for his comments.
As a further result of Der Spiegl, I was cross-examined by the American Secret Service, who were very, very nice. And I do understand their position. So that went very, very well, and they assured me that they have no cause for concern. But it was a direct result of Der Spiegl that I was cross-examined, which is very, very sad.
So congratulations, Der Spiegl. You achieved everything that you set out to do. Whether again I’m allowed free access to America, I really don’t know. I have to wait and see if I can enter the country again.
What did the Secret Service say?
The agency told the Washington Times in a statement: "The U.S. Secret Service has a robust protective intelligence section that is responsible for the analysis of information, assessment of risk and investigation of threats. The Secret Service does not comment specifically nor in general terms on the means and methods of protective operations, protective intelligence or investigations."