This morning, President Trump took to Twitter to slam actress and prominent #Resistance member Debra Messing with an array of bizarre accusations and smears.
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2019
There’s a lot going on here, so let’s break it down piece by piece. The right-wing media has been going nuts about two Messing-centric non-scandals over the past few days in a gleeful attempt to play the gotcha card on one of Trump’s loudest social media critics.
The “blacklist” of Trump supporters appears to refer to a recent effort by Messing and her co-star Eric McCormack who called for the promotion of the names of donors at a Trump event, which is all public information and is not in any way shape or form a “blacklist.”
Messing refuted the accusation in some tweets yesterday Wednesday. “I NEVER NOR WOULD I EVER call for a blacklist of anyone for any reason. The info is publicly available. I as a consumer want to know where MY … Money is going when I pay for entertainment. Just as you have the right to not watch W&G bc I don’t support Trump, I have the right to not go see (pay for) a movie with someone supporting babies in cages.”
The accusations of “racism” refers to Messing’s Twitter praise for a church sign that said “a Black Vote For Trump Is Mental Illness.” While it’s definitely not the place of a rich white woman like Messing to comment on the voting decisions made by black Americans, it is hardly “racist” for her to like the church sign.
For Trump to compare Messing’s fairly tame if insensitive remarks to the incredibly racist tweets made by Roseanne Barr — which included things like referring to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as an “ape” — is absolutely preposterous and far beyond the pale.
For her part, Messing has apologized profusely in a follow-up tweet and reminded everyone that, for the record, she promoted the sign because Donald Trump’s campaign specifically tries to disenfranchise the black community, which is undeniably true.
NUMBER 1– I apologized for liking that church sign. I said I regret it. I shud have thought before recklessly suppprting. You won’t accept this but black people are targeted by Trump’s GOP for voter supression. Charlottesville was about Trump supporters hating POC and Jews. https://t.co/K0ch9YOQ8F
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) September 4, 2019
After spending all of yesterday trying to prove the National Weather Service wrong, it’s almost to be expected that he would begin his Thursday by feuding with yet another prominent actress.
It must truly grate him that she has an Emmy and he doesn’t.