President Donald Trump urged NBC on Thursday to hold actress Debra Messing accountable for promoting an Alabama church sign labeling black Trump voters as mentally ill, pointing to the firing of Roseanne Barr by ABC for a racist tweet she posted last year.
The president also expressed concerns about Messing, a co-star of NBC’s “Will & Grace” for urging the Hollywood Reporter to publish the names of people attending a Beverly Hills fundraiser for the president.
“Bad ‘actress’ Debra The Mess Messing is in hot water,” he tweeted. “She wants to create a ‘Blacklist’ of Trump supporters, & 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. 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!”
….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
Even though Messing apologized for publicly endorsing the church sign, the phrase #RacistDebraMessing trended on Twitter. In her apology, Messing also continued to attack the president.
“NUMBER 1– I apologized for liking that church sign. I said I regret it. I shud have thought before recklessly supporting,” she tweeted. “You won’t accept this but black people are targeted by Trump’s GOP for voter supression [sic]. Charlottesville was about Trump supporters hating POC and Jews.”
Messing and her co-star Eric McCormack both called for the publishing of the fundraiser attendee names and were criticized by The View cohost Whoopi Goldberg, Fox News reported.
“In this country, people can vote for who they want to — that is one of the great rights of this country,” Fox reported. “You don’t have to like it but we don’t go after people because we don’t like who they voted for — we don’t go after them that way. We can talk about issues and stuff, but we don’t print out lists.”