Trump tweeted two borderline incoherent missives about Messing, in which he compared her to disgraced comedian Roseanne Barr. Barr famously made racist comments about former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett last year, which led to the cancellation of her “Roseanne” revival.
In addition to calling Messing “The Mess,” Trump wrote in his tweets that if Messing were Barr, she’d have been “thrown off television” despite having higher ratings for her show, “Will & Grace.”
“Will Fake News NBC allow a McCarthy style Racist to continue?” asked Trump. “ABC fired Roseanne. Watch the double standard!”
Trump was referring to a tweet from Messing last week in which she responded to a piece in The Hollywood Reporter about a Beverly Hills fundraiser for the president.
“Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know,” wrote the 51-year-old.
Trump’s comment about the “terrible things she said about blacks and mental illness” is referring to the hashtag #RacistDebraMessing, which trended earlier this week after she “liked” the image of a church sign that called Black Trump voters “mentally ill.” She has since apologized.
Despite the president’s distaste for the actress, who has long been a critic of Trump, the first family and outspoken supporters of the administration, NBC doesn’t look to be canceling “Will & Grace” any time soon.
The network announced in July that it would continue its revival of the late-’90s/early-aughts show and wrap after its upcoming 2020 season.