Trump: Samantha Bee should be fired for Ivanka insult

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Image caption President Trump has called for Bee’s firing after she insulted his daughter

President Donald Trump has called for comedian Samantha Bee to be fired for insulting his daughter Ivanka with an obscene phrase on her television show.

Bee used an offensive slur when attacking Ms Trump over the Trump administration’s immigration policy.

Mr Trump called it a “double standard” that her show was not cancelled like Roseanne Barr, who lost her sitcom after she posted a racist tweet.

Bee has apologised, saying she “crossed a line” with the vulgar phrase.

In his tweet, the president appeared to suggest that it was unfair that Bee did not lose her show as Barr had.

Barr came under fire earlier this week for making a racist comment about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. She compared Ms Jarrett, an African American, to an ape.

Disney, the parent company of ABC TV network, on Tuesday dropped Roseanne’s rebooted ’90s sitcom amid a ferocious online backlash over her racist tweet. Disney chief executive Bob Iger apologised to Ms Jarrett over the incident.

Mr Trump has not condemned Barr’s remarks, but criticised Mr Iger for the “horrible” things said about him by the entertainment conglomerate’s television personalities.

What did Bee say?

On her political commentary show Full Frontal, Bee attacked the president’s daughter over a long-standing US policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their families.

Presenting Obama-era photos of such young people sleeping in cages, Bee said: “Tearing children away from their parents is so evil, it’s the inciting incident in almost every movie we’ve ever cared about.”

She said Ms Trump had been “oblivious” recently to post an Instagram photo of herself hugging her child.

She then called Ms Trump a “feckless [expletive]”, employing an offensive term for part of the female anatomy.

Bee urged the first daughter to confront her father about the policy.

“He listens to you,” she said. “Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to [expletive] stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?”

The immigration issue has risen to the fore recently since it was reported that US authorities had been unable to contact almost 1,500 unaccompanied children placed in the care of sponsors.

The Trump administration has also been criticised for its policy of separating children from parents who cross the US-Mexico border illegally.

The hashtag #Wherearethechildren has been used hundreds of thousands of times on Twitter.

What’s the fallout?

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called Bee’s language “vile and vicious”.

“Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast,” she added, demanding the cable network apologise.

TBS, which airs Full Frontal, duly obliged by agreeing that Bee’s language was “vile and inappropriate”.

“Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it,” said the network’s statement.

Car retail website and State Farm insurance dropped their sponsorship of Bee’s TBS show on Thursday.

First Lady Melania Trump has said “the double standard is truly astounding”, conservative news organisation the Daily Caller reported.

Barr also weighed in on the situation on Twitter.

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