President Donald Trump lashed out at TBS host Samantha Bee on Friday morning, asking his Twitter followers why the comedian had not been fired over a vulgar insult she directed at Ivanka Trump and suggesting Bee is being held to a different standard than Roseanne Barr, the pro-Trump comedian whose ABC sitcom was canceled over a racist remark she made online.
“Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show?” the president wrote on Twitter. “A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!”
Bee attacked Ivanka Trump on Wednesday night on her TBS show “Full Frontal,” where she urged the president’s daughter to “do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c---!”
“He listens to you,” she continued. “Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f---ing stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?”
Bee’s vulgar insult came directly on the heels of the controversy surrounding Barr, who wrote on Twitter that former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was the product of the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes” having “a baby.” She apologized for the comment but ABC nonetheless canceled her show, which had debuted with impressive ratings.
TBS, which is owned by Time Warner, apologized Thursday for Bee’s remark. The comedian, too, issued her own apology via Twitter.
“I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night,” she wrote. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”