President Donald Trump took to Twitter to lash out at Disney CEO Bob Iger for apologizing for actress Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets that led to the cancellation of her hit ABC show, saying the network “never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me.”
“Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr. 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?” Trump tweeted on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the White House said he had more important issues to focus on.
Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC does not tolerate comments like those” made by Roseanne Barr. 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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
It is unclear to which comments on ABC Trump is referring.
In a now-deleted tweet from Tuesday, Barr wrote that Jarrett, who is black, is the combination of “Planet of the Apes” and the “Muslim Brotherhood.” As a result, ABC canceled her sitcom reboot after just one season.
Barr has since apologized and asked fans not to tweet messages of support for her.
Social media users erupted in dismay after Trump defended Barr’s racist tweet by making the controversy about himself:
Everything is not about you…
Racism is wrong!
Why are you whining again?
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) May 30, 2018
I knew Trump would tweet in defense of Roseanne but I didn’t think he would make it about himself. Silly me—Trumpy makes everything about himself. https://t.co/Y8SAwSWdyj
— Touré (@Toure) May 30, 2018
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) May 30, 2018
Too goddamn easy. pic.twitter.com/OaOEilzLsM
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) May 30, 2018
Given that Trump spent part of today on Twitter disputing crowd size at his political rally last night before lashing out at ABC for not apologizing him over its coverage of his presidency, this has aged very badly *since yesterday* https://t.co/OFrUbVAkHG
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) May 30, 2018