“Good news guys I’ve figured out how the Trump campaign ends,” Douthat tweeted.
The tweet then links to a video clip from the 1983 movie The Dead Zone, which features a character played by Christopher Walken attempting to gun down a political candidate played by Martin Sheen:
After the twittersphere exploded with attacks on Douthat, the tweet was deleted:
@DouthatNYT Dude, you're making fucking assassination jokes?— David J. Hoffman (@djhoffmanlaw) February 24, 2016
-RWMy respect for you has plummeted. You're an embarrassment. Advocating an assination attempt on @realDonaldTrump ? @DouthatNYT— P.T. Carlo (@PTcarlo) February 25, 2016