Local newspaper apologizes for demanding woman’s obituary remove anti-Trump line

A Kentucky newspaper apologized to a family after the paper refused to publish a paid obituary that blamed President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE for hastening the woman’s death unless the line was removed.

The Louisville Courier Journal posted a column Wednesday apologizing to the family of Frances Irene Finley Williams, who passed away in November.

The family reportedly paid $1,684 to the paper to run Williams obituary, but the paper balked at a line that said “her passing was hastened by her continued frustration with the Trump administration," according to NBC News.


The paper said it wouldn’t run the obit unless that line was removed, and the family ultimately agreed, with the woman's son saying they "didn't have the emotional energy to fight that fight" during the Christmas period.

"It had never occurred to us that this would be an issue," daughter Catherine Duff told NBC News. "We thought it was just one more element of who she was. She was not shy about it."

The paper walked back its previous stance Wednesday, with editor Richard Green saying the obituary “should have published as it was presented to our obits team and as requested by the family.”

“In this political climate we now find ourselves, partisanship should have no role in deciding what gets included in an obituary that captures a loved one’s life — especially one as amazing as what Mrs. Williams led,” Green said.

Duff said the apology is accepted and her mother would have been amused by the whole situation.

“We think she would have been, as we used to say, 'tickled pink' by this all," Duff said. "In her opinion, anything that got people talking about how they feel about Trump would have been a good thing."