President Donald Trump on Friday said there was a "total double standard" over the reactions to comments made by Roseanne Barr and comedian Samantha Bee.
Barr's top-rated ABC show "Roseanne" was canceled after she attacked Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Obama, on Twitter. Bee drew the ire of many when she called Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, an expletive on her show Wednesday.
“Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show? A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!” the president tweeted Friday.
Trump, however, has yet to denounce the racist language Barr used when she compared Jarrett, who is African American, to an ape.
Bee angered viewers when she called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c---” in a monologue about more families being separated by new immigration policies. She has since apologized.
"Ivanka Trump, who works at the White House, chose to post the second most oblivious tweet we've seen this week," Bee said, referring to a photo Ivanka Trump posted of her son. "You know, Ivanka, that's a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad's immigration practices, you feckless c---."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month announced a "zero tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings. "If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law," he warned.
The White House responded to Bee's comments Thursday, calling them "vile" and "vicious."
“The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling. Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network," press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
Bee apologized for the comments on Thursday, saying in a statement, "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. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it."
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. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it. — Samantha Bee (@iamsambee) May 31, 2018
TBS said in a statement, "Those words should not have been aired. It was out mistake too, and we regret it."