‘Jeopardy’ Winner Ken Jennings Under Fire for Mocking Barron Trump in Tweet

Conservatives are urging Simon & Schuster to drop the author in wake of backlash

Last Updated: June 1, 2017 @ 9:10 AM

Donald Trump Jr. is putting the pressure on book publisher Simon & Schuster after coming across a tweet by one of its authors — famous “Jeopardy!” winner Ken Jennings.

It all started Wednesday after Jennings tweeted a joke about Barron Trump, going off of claims that the president’s youngest son thought Kathy Griffin’s decapitated head photo shoot was real.

He then moved on to President Donald Trump after some criticized the joke, focusing on Barron’s age.

Conservatives started tweeting Simon & Schuster contact information in response, encouraging others to make a complaint and threaten a boycott. This included conservative blogger Ginger McQueen, who pointed out the connection between Jennings and the publishing house.

Some who were in favor of the boycott included first son Donald Trump Jr., who came to his brother’s defense.

“It takes a real man to pick on an 11 year old,” he tweeted. “Yet another low from the left, but they will rationalize this away with their usual excuses.”

Since his record-setting win on “Jeopardy!,” Jennings has been putting out educational books for kids and adults. His current project involves his “Junior Genius Guides,” which seek to teach young audiences about subjects such as the human body, space and most recently, dinosaurs.

Jennings doubled down on his comments though, especially in regards to Trump Jr.’s tweets about his masculinity.

Reps for Simon & Schuster have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment

Barron has been the target of jokes lobbed at the administration and the family before. In January, “Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich was suspended indefinitely after she quipped in a tweet that the youngest Trump son looked like a “homeschool shooter.”

Rosie O’Donnell also came under fire when she retweeted a video suggesting that Barron was autistic.