- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 29, 2016

Actor Charlie Sheen is under fire for a tweet wishing death upon President-elect Donald Trump.

His tweet, which read, “Dear God; Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please! Trump next, please!” — punctuated with a middle finger emoji — was posted just hours after it was announced that actress Debbie Reynolds had passed away, just one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.

The backlash was swift, with many people accusing Mr. Sheen of politicizing a tragedy for a cheap joke.

“No matter how bad life gets, I never actively root for someone to die. That is a truly evil soul,” one Twitter user responded.

“Imagine the outrage if someone tweeted ‘Obama next, please!’” another pointed out.

Others warned Mr. Sheen, who revealed last year that he was HIV positive, to be careful what he wishes for.

“I think statistically you have a better shot at going next,” one Twitter user wrote.

“When You Wish Someone harm you bring yourself #BadKarma,” another wrote.

The controversial tweet, which racked up more than 48,000 likes as of Thursday afternoon, is still active on Mr. Sheen’s account.

In a follow-up tweet, he wrote, “The media’s reaction to last night’s tweet, is inanely emblematic of the panoramic timorousness, draped vastly and wantonly, across any and all expressions of hope or joy, that we now dare to publish or impart. Oh, and by the way, I was talking to God, not you.”

News broke late Wednesday that Reynolds had passed away at age 84 — one day after the death of her 60-year-old daughter, “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher. Fisher died Tuesday, several days after suffering a heart attack on a plane.

Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, said the stress of his sister’s death “was too much” for his mother, the Associated Press reported.

“She said, ‘I want to be with Carrie.’ And then she was gone,” he said. “She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken.”

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