Jake Tapper: Roseanne And Trump ‘Both Regularly Traffic In Bigotry’ And ‘Conspiracy Theories’

Jake Tapper: Roseanne And Trump ‘Both Regularly Traffic In Bigotry’ And ‘Conspiracy Theories’

During Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s The Lead, anchor Jake Tapper compared embattled comedian Roseanne Barr and President Donald Trump, pointing out both have a tendency to use social media to spread bigotry and conspiracy theories to their audiences.

Noting that in the wake of ABC canceling Roseanne, many critics have wondered why the network even hired her in the first place due to her history of being a fringe conspiracist, Tapper explained that while it may be “uncomfortable to acknowledge,” unhinged conspiracies “are now often being shared by the most powerful person in the country.” With that, the CNN host highlighted President Donald Trump’s latest widely-shared theory — Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going to meddle in the midterm election.

He would then bring on the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman to discuss Trump’s recent strategy of peddling conspiracy theories about the Mueller probe in an effort to discredit the investigation. During the discussion, he brought it back around to Roseanne, pointing out there was a connecting theme there with Trump regarding the peddling of right-wing conspiracies.

“Roseanne Barr and President Trump — there’s an obvious through line here — both traffic in conspiracy theories,” Tapper stated. “They both regularly traffic in bigotry. And it’s unmistakable. ABC Entertainment, whatever you think of them hiring her in the first place, they did what a lot of Republican leaders aren’t willing to do. They said that’s it. Too much.”

Haberman agreed with Tapper, stating that during the 2016 campaign other GOP candidates and politicians expressed concern that Trump would bring rise to the “kooks.” But now, those same Republicans will say they need to look into the president’s “wildly outlandish statements,” showing how much the party has shifted towards Trump.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.