2019-09-05 17:56:451 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
Donald Trump has had a love-hate relationship with NBC since he initially announced he was running for president in 2015. Prior to this he was hosting "The Apprentice" and also owned some NBC-televised beauty pageants, but NBC broke with him after his announcement, yet pulled him back in to guest on other series and even produce his former show while he was president.
Yet now Trump is thinking that his relationship with the network is such that he can tell them who to fire. Two separate incidents have caused him to suggest that NBC fire "Will & Grace" actress Debra Messing.
Messing tweeted a Hollywood Reporter article over the weekend that said Trump was set to appear at a Beverly Hills fundraiser during Emmys week. The actress noted, "Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know." Co-star Eric McCormack tweeted a similar request.
These tweets were the subject of much controversy with some believing the two don't have the right to know who Trump's supporters are.
She also promoted an Alabama church sign that read, "A black vote for Trump is mental illness." This caught the attention of comedian Terrence K. Williams, a black Trump supporter.
"I'M OFFENDED!" Williams wrote, explaining, "She want all Trump supporters blacklisted and publicly shamed," adding that Trump "would be called a racist if he called blacks mentally ill." He suggested her followers use the hashtag of "RacistDebraMessing."
Trump picked up on this and decided to hit back at the actress for both tweets.
"Bad 'actress' Debra The Mess Messing is in hot water," he wrote. "She wants to create a 'Blacklist' of Trump supporters and is being accused of McCarthyism. Is also being accused of being a racist because of the terrible things she said about blacks and mental illness.
He added, "If Roseanne Barr said what she did, even being on a much higher rated show, she would have been thrown off television. Will Fake News NBC allow a McCarthy style racist to continue ABC fired Roseanne. Watch the double standard!"
This is in reference to Roseanne Barr, a Trump supporter, who tweeted that former President Barack Obama's adviser Valerie Jarrett was the product of "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes."
The question is whether retweeting a photo that says a black Trump supporter is mentally ill is the same as writing that a black woman is a combination of being Muslim and planet of the apes.
Messing did not respond directly to Trump's tweet, but later she posted an article titled, "Trumps Wacky, Angry, and Extreme August."
She captioned it, "I truly hope his family gets him the help he needs. Sad," sounding very much like a tweet Trump himself would issue.
Messing did respond directly to Williams and said, "NUMBER 1 — I apologized for liking that church sign. I said I regret it. I shud have thought before recklessly supporting."
She further explained, "You won't accept this, but black people are targeted by Trump's GOP for voter suppression. Charlottesville was about Trump supporters hating POC and Jews."
It seems like Trump may be a follower of Williams. The president retweeted his post last month suggesting that former President Bill Clinton may have been involved in Jeffrey Epstein's death in prison. At the time, Trump defended his action by saying he retweeted a "very highly respected conservative pundit."
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