On Wednesday, President Donald Trump responded to the cancellation of the “Roseanne” sitcom on ABC because of remarks made by the star that were deemed racist. ABC canceled Roseanne Barr’s top-rated show after she tweeted an insult about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to Barack Obama. Barr said that Jarrett, who is black, resembled characters from the movie franchise “Planet of the Apes.” Disney CEO Bob Iger apologized to the former White House official. 

President Trump tweeted: “Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC.” He added, “Maybe I just didn’t get the call?”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders doubled down with White House criticism of the media and ABC. She blasted ABC for allowing vile commentary about Trump and his supporters, as well as mocking Christians. Sanders said that Trump is pointing out the reigning double-standard in the media. “Where was Bob Iger’s apology to the White House staff for [ESPN reporter] Jemele Hill calling the president and anyone associated with him a white supremacist?” Sanders asked at a White House press briefing. “To Christians around the world for [The View co-host] Joy Behar calling Christianity a ‘mental illness’?”

“Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin,” Sanders said, adding, “who went on a profane rant against the president on ‘The View’ after a photo showed her holding President Trump’s decapitated head? And where was the apology from Bob Iger for ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his numerous expletive-laced tweets attacking the president as a Nazi, and even expanding Olbermann’s role after that attack against the president’s family?”

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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