Fiery Sanders Blasts Disney CEO: 'Where Was Bob Iger's Apology' to Trump?
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders ripped Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger for his "double standard" when it comes to his employees' conduct.
Sanders was asked by NBC News reporter Kelly O'Donnell why President Donald Trump chose to criticize Iger in a tweet after comedian Roseanne Barr was promptly fired for making racist remarks about former Obama official Valerie Jarrett.
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey -- whose company is owned by Iger's Disney -- promptly cancelled "Roseanne" and fired Barr.
Trump said on Twitter that Iger immediately called Jarrett to say "ABC does not tolerate comments like that" and added that "gee, he never called [me] to apologize for the horrible statements made and said about me on ABC."
Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC does not tolerate comments like those” made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
Sanders said Trump was calling out Iger's and ABC's "bias," adding that "no one is defending what [Barr] said."
"Where was Bob Iger's apology to the White House staff for Jemele Hill calling the president and anyone associated with him a "white supremacist." Hill's employer, ESPN, is also owned by Disney.
Sanders said it is "hypocritical" that Iger took action against Barr, while deciding to re-hire former MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann to ESPN. Prior to his MSNBC show, Olbermann was an anchor on ESPN's "SportsCenter."
Sanders noted Olbermann's dozens of Twitter post blasting the president as a "Nazi." In one tweet, Olbermann called Trump a "[expletive] lying, anti-democracy [expletive] who lied to the American people with no [expletive] quote [expletive] marks."
"You will not destroy this country, Donald Trump. Go [expletive] yourself." read another of Olbermann's tweets from 2017.
Sanders also said Iger owes Christians an apology for failing to take action after ABC host Joy Behar called a tenet of Vice President Mike Pence's evangelical Christianity "mental illness."
She said Iger was also silent when comedian Kathy Griffin blasted Trump on "The View" following Griffin posting an image of Trump's "decapitated head."
"This is the double standard that the president is speaking about," Sanders said.