The drama surrounding late show talk host Samantha Bee intensified on Friday when United State President Donald Trump asked why she had not been fired for her derogatory comment earlier this week about his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
In Friday’s tweet, Trump called for the firing of Bee, saying that it was a double standard for ABC to cancel Roseanne’s Bar hit show on the heels of her racist tweets, yet, Bee is still allowed to keep her show, “Full Frontal”, despite her televised remarks to Ivanka.
Bee apologized Thursday for her comment made on her TBS show, admitting that she crossed the line. She had used her show to criticize Ivanka for not doing enough to prevent the separation of undocumented children from their parents as they crossed the border into the US. Not only is Ivanka Trump’s daughter and arguably his most trusted confidante, but she also has an official role in the administration as a White House Senior Adviser.
Trump was criticized by many in the media earlier this week for his silence on the Barr matter. Despite being a vocal supporter of Barr’s show when it first premiered earlier this year, Trump chose not to respond to her racist comments that led to the cancellation of her show. Instead, Trump used the opportunity to call out Disney CEO Bob Iger for all the biased comments made about him on the ABC family of networks.
Recent headlines suggest that President Trump’s phone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin, congratulating him on his victory in Russia’s presidential election is yet another indication that our commander in chief is secretly working with the Kremlin. Putin’s landslide victory on March 18th with over three-quarters of the vote secures him another six years in office. So why would President Trump calling President Putin to congratulate him on this victory become a major headline in every media outlet in the known world? According to The Weekly Standard, President Obama extended the exact same courtesy to President Putin when he won Russia’s presidential election in 2012. (https//weekly standard.com/Obama-calls-to-congratulate-putin/article.)
It is obvious that any communication President Trump has with President Putin will be immediately concluded by many that the two are working together to take over the operations of the entire planet. Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi was the first to congratulate President Trump on his presidential victory as per an article by haaretz.com (https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/egypt-s-sissi-first-world-leader-to-congratulate-trump-on-win). One would argue that these two countries are allies and exchanging pleasantries would be routine between the two leaders. It is this sentiment that is being echoed by news anchors and radio pundits on a daily basis that the two presidents are secretly working together on a daily basis. You do not hear about the distaste these television and radio personalities had when President Obama made his call, with The White House and Washington as a whole remaining largely neutral to Putin’s victory. An article from The New York Times relays this position http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/world/europe/observers-detail-flaws-in-russian-election.html.
Whether you support or oppose President Trump and his politics, it is important to have respect for the office that he represents. A phone call is just that, a phone call.