Roseanne faced even more criticism than usual on social media after her tweet of support for an online conspiracy theory claiming that Trump is involved in combating a global sex trafficking ring.
On Friday night, Barr tweeted,
“President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere. notice that. I disagree on some things, but give him benefit of doubt-4 now.“
Huh? That was pretty much New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman‘s response too,
Barr’s bizarre claim shows her support for an online conspiracy theory that alleges the existence of a massive child-trafficking ring linked to rogue elements in the government tied to, who else? –Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.
It’s been traced to an anonymous user identified as “Q” or “QAnon” on the online message board 4Chan. Twitter users have noted that Barr has mentioned Q in past tweets, and as recently as November.
Barr’s nutty tweet led to a backlash from many including former Nixon White House counsel John Dean, who slammed Barr’s network, ABC, for giving her a platform.
“Barr mirrors Trump’s supporters, b/c she is one. ABC’s going after these folks by reviving her series. Conspiracy theories coming? A complex world over simplified? Watch out Fox, real competition. There’s a race on for the most ignorant viewers! NPR listeners please don’t move!“
Michael Tomaso, a former MSNBC producer, said,
“This fictional president sounds amazing! Especially compared to the real one who’s been repeatedly retweeting white supremacist linked groups the last two years.“
But Barr later doubled down and backed down at the same time saying,
“i thought today was a good day to talk about freeing kids from sex slavery, since it is Passover. I didn’t realize that so many were not aware of it. Anyway, no more opinions from me on twitter, it invites bullying. Moving on.” @therealroseanne
Barr spoke with Trump himself on Wednesday after he called the actress to congratulate her on the ratings. Barr later told ABC’s Good Morning America of the call.
“We just kind of had a private conversation but we talked about a lot of things and he’s just happy for me.“
Yuk. We’ve all been debating whether watching Roseanne was “normalizing” Trump, and I’ll admit, I watched the first episode to see what the tone was like. (I thought it was timely and funny.) But after being reminded what a nut job she is, I won’t be watching anymore. There’s too much else that’s on that doesn’t give Trump and this nut a platform.
For the record, 18 million people watched the premiere of Roseanne, while over 22 million tuned in for Stormy Daniels last Sunday on 60 Minutes. Just saying.
(Photo, ABC; via MSN)