Will & Grace star Debra Messing apologised for making a “homophobic” joke about Trump.
The actress tweeted:
“@realDonaldTrump you are a weak, scared, stupid, inept, negligent, vindictive, narcissistic, criminal.
I hope you live a long life in prison where you become the most popular boyfriend to the all inmates.”
After being called out for “homophobia” by The Daily Wire, she added:
“Let me be clear: I said nothing about LGBTQI/queer LOVE.
"Rape is an act of violence. Trump has perpetrated violence on hundreds of millions of people. My hope is (and this is the first time in my life) that the tables are turned and he is the victim of perpetrators. #LGBTQIAally.”
Messing’s hashtag could in part reference the fact that Will & Grace is one of the most successful TV shows to feature a gay main character.
“Also, [it] encourages and endorses a carceral state that deliberately uses brutality for social control.”
After deleting her original tweets, Messing then apologised for her “offensive” remarks.
“I'd like to say I have been an LGBTQIA ally for decades, and I was in no way referencing LGBTQI/queer love/sexuality. It is not my proudest moment, but 45 has victimized 100s of millions of ppl; I had wished the tables turned on him. I apologize for the offensive way I did it.”
Messing is an outspoken Democrat and has long been a staunch opponent of Trump who dubbed her “The Mess”.
She also entered into a social media feud with Susan Sarandon in 2016 after she claimed that Trump’s victory might encourage more women and people of colour to run for office.