On Tuesday night, Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, joined MSNBC’s town hall on “Everyday Racism in America,” which featured Joy Reid and Chris Hayes. Of course, the topic of Roseanne Barr lashing out at Jarrett on Twitter and ultimately getting “Roseanne” canceled came up right at the beginning of the show.
Hayes kicked it off by asking if Jarrett thought Trump had “set a tone that has made people feel increasingly empowered” to say things like what Barr had tweeted.
“Well, this is what I think, because I think tone does start at the top, and we like to look up to our president and feel as though he reflects the values of our country, but I also think every individual citizen has the responsibility, too, and it’s up to all of us to push back.”
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Since ABC announced that “Roseanne” was being canceled due to Barr’s tweets, the president remained silent up until Wednesday when he took to Twitter:
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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
Trump has been a fan of “Roseanne,” and just after the booming ratings were released for the premiere of the show’s revival, he called Barr to personally congratulate her.
“I’ve known him for many years and he’s done a lot of nice things for me over the years,” Barr said. “It was just a friendly conversation about working and television and ratings.”