If Trump weighs in, it will probably be to defend her.
Trump was quick to praise Roseanne’s ratings, but has so far declined to weigh in on her latest overtly racist tweet.
On Tuesday morning, Roseanne Barr sparked a furious backlash with a now-deleted tweet that compared former Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett with apes. Responding to a thread about Jarrett, Barr wrote “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
When confronted by journalist Andrew Kaczynski about the racist tweet, Barr replied, “It’s a joke,” and defended herself to her followers by tweeting “ISLAM is not a RACE, lefties. Islam includes EVERY RACE of people.”
But as the outrage grew, Barr finally deleted the tweet and issued a forced apology for “making a bad joke.”
Roseanne was a hot topic for Trump a few months ago, when her rebooted sitcom scored big ratings after the premier episode revealed that the main character had voted for Trump.
Trump told a crowd in Ohio that he had called Roseanne that same night to congratulate her.
“Look at Roseanne, I called her yesterday. Look at her ratings,” he said. He bragged about the show, saying, “It was about us!”
So far, Trump has remained quiet about Roseanne’s racist outburst, but that could change if she does, indeed, face some sort of punishment for her actions. Trump was happy to defend Confederate monuments, and should have no problem leaping to Roseanne’s defense. In fact, his most loyal fans will demand it.