WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at Samantha Bee, asking why the comedian who used a vulgar term to describe his daughter had not been fired and saying she has ‘‘no talent’’ and low ratings.
‘‘Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show?’’ the president wrote on Twitter.
Trump also called Bee’s continued employment by TBS ‘‘a total double standard,’’ an apparent reference to ABC’s decision to cancel Roseanne Barr’s show following a racist tweet. Barr is an outspoken Trump supporter.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2018
Bee apologized Thursday for describing Ivanka Trump with a vulgarity on her show ‘‘Full Frontal,’’ saying it was ‘‘inappropriate and inexcusable’’ and that she had ‘‘crossed a line.’’
Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser and the president’s elder daughter, sparked online outrage Sunday when she tweeted a photo of herself with her younger son around the same time as reports circulated that the U.S. government had lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year.
During a segment Wednesday night criticizing the administration’s immigration practices, Bee said: ‘‘You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child. Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c---. He listens to you.’’
TBS later apologized in a separate statement: ‘‘Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump. ... Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.’’
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also harshly criticized Bee earlier this week, calling her language ‘‘vile and vicious’’ and saying that her ‘‘disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast.’’