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Dem compares Roseanne`s Valerie Jarrett tweet to `a burning cross in the yard`
The HillBy Jacqueline Thomsen
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) on Tuesday compared Roseanne Barr`s racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to ``a burning cross in the yard.``
``This was not a dog whistle, this was a burning cross in the yard,`` Cleaver said on MSNBC`s ``Hardball,`` adding that there was ``no confusion about this statement.``
The Democratic lawmaker speculated that Barr ``probably thought`` that she would be ``applauded`` for the tweet before ABC quickly rebuked her remarks and canceled her show.
``She may have even wanted some applause to come to her from Washington,`` he said. ``And I think, in the absence of that, she may have realized not that she was wrong, but that she got caught and that she may have to pay for it. And I think that`s what her regret is.``
Cleaver, a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said that Barr`s tweet apologizing for the comment ``meant nothing to me.``
``What people don`t know — they hurt people, they hurt human beings and they can dismiss it and walk away,`` Cleaver said.
ABC canceled Barr`s show ``Roseanne`` on Tuesday after massive outcry over the star`s tweet calling Jarrett the child of the Islamic organization the Muslim Brotherhood and the movie ``Planet of the Apes.``
``Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,`` Barr wrote Tuesday morning, referring to Jarrett by her initials.
Barr later apologized and deleted the tweet, while the talent agency ICM also dropped her as a client on Tuesday.
``Roseanne`s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,`` ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement announcing the end of the reboot, which had been a ratings behemoth.