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Tom Arnold Crosses the Line, Vows to Publicly Harrass Barron and Melania

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Tom Arnold has had an odd week, even by the standards of Tom Arnold. Roseanne’s former husband has been thrust back into the spotlight by the rather untoward actions of his ex, and he seems determined to outdo her in the crazy department, all without the dirty tint of racism.

First came Arnold’s statement that he was going to be teaming up with Michael Cohen to take down President Donald Trump after tweeting a picture with the Trump lawyer at a New York hotel. “This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything,” Arnold told NBC News, seeming to imply Cohen would be appearing on his new show, “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes.”

“I say to Michael, ‘Guess what? We’re taking Trump down together, and he’s so tired he’s like, ‘OK,’ and his wife is like, ‘OK, f*** Trump.'”

Cohen’s reaction was, um, slightly different.

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So apparently that didn’t work. What to do next? Quietly go back to producing this bizarre-sounding television show and forget his dalliance with Cohen ever happened? Or threaten to show up at Barron Trump’s school to stalk him and Melania when the first lady drops him off, all to protest Trump’s immigration policy?

Given that this is Tom Arnold, I think you can guess which option he chose:

Responding to a tweet by Hollywood kinda-funnyman Judd Apatow in which the writer/director became the latest star to glibly refer to separating children from parents who stand accused of immigration crimes as somehow akin to Nazi Germany, Arnold said he would go to New York City to stalk Barron and Melania.

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“Way past sad & all in for these kids with @JuddApatow @FoxNews already hates me. On a plane to NY. Next is protesting Baron’s private school as well as James & Lachlan Murdoch’s kids. This is what I can do to end the abuse of these children. We’re going to make you uncomfortable,” Arnold wrote.

Stalking, by the way, is generally considered a crime and stalking members of the first family is the kind of crime that can get you referred to the Secret Service — which, the Media Resource Center reports, plenty of people did. Did this prompt Arnold to stop? Of course not.

“Dude, we can protest at The White House too,” Arnold wrote. “Also Melania takes him to school. We want to have a word with her. If we see babies tomorrow we’re going to Kushners kids school. Don Jr’s kids are already working at Hooters so we’ll protest there for lunch.”

I’m not quite sure what Hooters Tom Arnold has been lunching at, but given that Don Jr.’s oldest is 11, that’s yet another reason to report him to the authorities.

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In all fairness, these do not sound like the thoughts of someone in compos mentis, which makes it hard for me to summon outrage so much as genuine concern. Apparently, Mr. Arnold is surrounded by enablers who aren’t willing to tell him that this isn’t, well, normal. In fact, one might even call this behavior illegal, not to mention sadistic and sick.

I’m no expert, but I get the feeling Mr. Arnold could use an intervention of some sort. He could be getting one from the Secret Service.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal for four years.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal for four years. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
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English, Spanish
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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