President Donald Trump on Friday wondered why TBS has not fired late-night talk show host Samantha Bee for insulting Ivanka Trump, his daughter and a senior White House adviser.
“Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show?” the president said in an early morning tweet. “A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!”
Bee, who hosts “Full Frontal,” used a vulgar term to describe Ms. Trump in the opening monologue of her show Wednesday night while criticizing the White House aide for posting a photo with her son on Twitter this week while more than 10,000 migrant children have been separated from their parents as part of her father’s immigration crackdown at the border.
“Ivanka Trump, who works at the White House, chose to post the second most oblivious tweet we’ve seen this week,” Bee said.
She went on to urge Ms. Trump to “do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c***.”
The comment from Bee prompted widespread criticism, including from White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who called the remark “vile and vicious.” Sanders called on the network to discipline the host.
But notice the difference between how Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee were handled.
Bee’s insult was compared by some to comedian Roseanne Barr’s racist comment aimed at former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. Barr compared Jarrett, who is black, to an ape on Twitter, which led ABC to quickly cancel the revival of her hit sitcom, “Roseanne.”
Both comments were vile and vicious. But one is acceptable with a hand-slap. I wonder why?