President Trump and his White House ignored the Roseanne Barr racism scandal despite his past admiration for the actress and her ABC series, which was canceled Tuesday.
While traveling to Nashville, Tenn., where Trump spoke at a campaign-style rally, Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly changed the subject to North Korea when questioned about the President’s thoughts on the booted revival.
“That’s not what the president is looking at. That’s not what he’s spending his time on,” she told reporters aboard Air Force One. “I think we have a lot bigger things going on in the country right now.”
Instead, she said, Trump is more focused on a possible summit with North Korea and trade.
Trump failed to address Barr’s racist tirade during the Nashville stop, a change from past comments on her career.
The President gushed over the “Roseanne” revival ratings, applauding them as “incredible” during a similar rally in March. He reportedly called Barr to congratulate her.
During his White House bid, Trump shared his thanks to the outspoken actress after she endorsed him.
“We would be so lucky if Trump won,” she told Hollywood Reporter in June 2016.
His social media love for Barr dates back to December 2013, when he responded to a tweet hoping that Barr would join Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” cast.
“She would be so great,” Trump said.