CNN host Brooke Baldwin chastised comedian Samantha Bee Thursday for describing Ivanka Trump as a “feckless c**t,” and claimed that liberal celebrities are given more latitude in launching cruel personal attacks against political opponents than their conservative counterparts.
“Okay, a couple of things. One, imagine for a second how liberals would have reacted if Roseanne or a conservative TV star would have used that language describing Valerie Jarrett,” Baldwin said, referencing the racist Twitter joke that resulted in Roseanne Barr’s firing from ABC this week. “Whether you agree with the President’s policies or not, calling a senior advisor inside the United States government or anyone for that matter the ‘C’ word is, like I said at the top, it’s outrageous, it is unacceptable, and should be called out.”
In describing the public backlash Barr and her employer faced, Baldwin concluded that conservatives are held to a higher standard than liberals when speaking publicly.
“Conservatives have been pointing to a double standard on how liberal stars who say these offensive things are treated, versus their conservative counterparts,” she said. “And in many cases, rightfully so.”
To illustrate the disparity in public tolerance for crude commentary, Baldwin played a clip of ESPN’s Keith Olbermann, who has directed numerous obscenities and personal insults at President Trump.
“Despite all of this, he just got another plum job. A job, ironically, at the same company that just booted Roseanne for violating its values,” Baldwin said, noting that Olbermann is still employed at ESPN, which shares a parent company with ABC.