Trump: ABC's Bob Iger Called Valerie Jarrett: 'Gee, He Never Called (Me) to Apologize...'

By Susan Jones | May 30, 2018 | 12:29pm EDT
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( - Giving liberal media outlets just what they were waiting for, President Trump weighed in on the Roseanne Barr racial/insult controversy shortly before noon on Wednesday, tweeting:

-- 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. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?

All morning, Roseanne's ugly and gratuitous insult of former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett led the cable newscasts, allowing pundits and pontificators to discuss how a supposedly post-racial America really isn't post-racial at all.

Roseanne's insult, and her ensuing night-long tweetstorm attempting to defend herself, also allowed television's Trump-haters to link the president to Roseanne's inexplicable mindset:

"Well, it was a stone cold racist comment. It wasn't a joke. It was mean spirited. It was vile," MSNBC contributor Steve Schmit told "Morning Joe." He was speaking at that moment about Roseanne, but then, after recounting various things Trump has said and done, Schmidt declared that Trump, too, "is a stone-cold racist."

Host Joe Scarborough chimed in: "Well, let's not forget he started his campaign saying Mexicans were racist. In 2015, he talked about banning 1.5 million Muslims from entering America because of the god they worship. In 2016, he denied knowing David Duke -- he denied knowing anything bad that the Klan had done in the past. In 2017, Charlottesville. 2018, he's accused Hispanics of being breeders. He also -- again, he mucked it up. So you're not exactly sure who he was calling animals, but...the guy knows what he's doing."

"Stone cold racist," Joe's fiance Mika Brzezinski agreed, speaking about the president, whom Roseanne supports.

Over on CNN, analyst Joshua Green lumped Trump voters with Trump and Roseanne:

"Roseanne was hired in large part because of her support for Trump and because ABC was so desperate to reach this crowd of Trump voters that a lot of people in Hollywood don't feel they understand, and the show did that. The problem is, racism may work in the political marketplace, in some areas of it, because Republican voters by and large have been willing to allow this and elect somebody like Donald Trump president. But it can't work in the consumer marketplace because a show like that goes to all sorts of people, liberals, independents, minorities, young people who won't put up with these kinds of racist sentiments, and there's a serious price to pay for any company that would back that kind of behavior..."

And so it went, all morning long. And so it is sure to continue, as Trump's many media critics look for fresh angles to distort and sully the Trump presidency.

To be fair, the disdain goes two ways. At his rally in Nashville last night, President Trump once again called out the "fake news," prompting boos from the crowd.

Trump was talking about his unexpected election victory, which no one saw coming. "I believed the fake news," he said. "They were wrong. There they are, back there. They are fake. They are fake. Look how many of them. Look how many! Oh boy! A lot of people back there. That's a lot of people. Fake news," the president said.

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