“Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider denied calling for President Joe Biden to be “publicly hung” Thursday in a since-deleted, viral tweet.
“Mr. President, I believe you are guilty of treason and should be publicly hung,” Schneider, 63, wrote in the message that was screenshot by multiple outlets. “Your son too,” he added, presumably about Hunter.
“Your response is..? Sincerely, John Schneider,” he concluded.
The country singer reportedly wrote the tweet in response to the current president’s message, which reads, “Trump poses many threats to our country: The right to choose, civil rights, voting rights, and America’s standing in the world. But the greatest threat he poses is to our democracy. If we lose that, we lose everything.”
When contacted by The Post for comment, Schneider defended his words.
“Seriously, folks? This is my final comment on this. I neither said nor implied any such thing. Despite headlines claiming otherwise, in my post, I absolutely did not call for an act of violence or threaten a U.S. president as many other celebrities have done in the past. I suggest you re-read my actual post and pay attention to the words before believing this nonsense.”
He continued, “It’s my position, which I am entitled to have, that some of our nations leaders in Washington have lost their way, and corruption runs rampant, both on our nation’s borders and abroad. Transparency and accountability must happen in order for our constitutional republic to survive. There is no threat implied or otherwise in that statement. “
The Secret Service also told The Post in a statement, “The Secret Service is aware of the comments made by Mr. Schneider, and as a matter of practice, we do not comment on matters involving protective intelligence. We can say, however, that the Secret Service investigates all threats related to our protectees.”
In 2018, he told Fox News that there was “a bias against conservatives, Republicans, in Hollywood,” which he believed was why he was serving jail time for failing to pay alimony to his estranged ex-wife, Elvira Castle.
Schneider’s most recent comment comes just one day after he came in second as Donut on “The Masked Singer” to R&B singer Ne-Yo, who was dressed as Cow for the show.
The actor claimed the Fox program is “really the glue that held me together for the last couple of months” as he is grieving his wife, Alicia, who died of breast cancer in February.
“It was one of the shows that Alicia really wanted me to do,” Schneider told People. “She would always say, ‘You’ve got to do ‘The Masked Singer.’ I fully expected one day for Alicia to be there to help … so when that opportunity came, I just had to kind of look toward heaven and kind of laugh because, of course, she still runs things but further away. And then, when they said, ‘We’d kind of like you to be a Donut.’”
He continued, “Every Saturday, Alicia would go down to our local donut store, get me a bag of apple fritters. And I would eat one, only one, but donuts had been part of my life. For a long time, they were part of Alicia’s and I’s marriage and relationship. So again, they said, ‘Donut,’ and I just had to look up at the sky and go, ‘Well, of course. This is you. It’s got to be you.’”