President Trump weighed in Wednesday on the controversy surrounding Roseanne Barr’s racist comments — and managed to make it about him.
Trump, rather than condemn Barr’s comments, took umbrage with the fact that ABC executives reached out to Valerie Jarrett, the target of Barr’s incendiary tweets.
“Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr,” he tweeted. “Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?”
It’s not clear what “statements” made by ABC Trump is referring to in his tweet.
The President’s take comes after White House officials repeatedly said a day earlier he was too busy to comment on the Barr imbroglio.
“We have a lot bigger things going on in the country right now, certainly, that the president is spending his time on,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday.
Barr’s rebooted hit show “Roseanne” was canned by ABC Tuesday after the actress posted a racist tweet referring to Jarrett, an adviser to former President Barack Obama, as a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”
Her agent dropped her, and other services pulled reruns of the show.Barr has blamed her offensive post on Ambien, a sleep aid medication.
“I’m not a racist, just an idiot who made a bad joke,” she tweeted.
Jarrett revealed on Tuesday that Iger, the CEO of Walt Disney, which owns ABC, contacted her prior to the cancelation of Barr’s show to denounce the star’s tweet.
Trump earlier this year applauded the success of the “Roseanne” relaunch as Barr’s titular character came out as a supporter of his presidency.
He went as far as to call Barr to congratulate her on her sitcom success.
Echoing the White House line that he’s too busy for such trivial matters, Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he must “start focusing my energy on North Korea Nuclear, bad Trade Deals, VA Choice, the Economy, rebuilding the Military, and so much more.”