Trump rips into actress Debra Messing after the 'Will & Grace' star praised signs trashing the president

Kadia Tubman

President Trump took a swipe at Hollywood actress Debra Messing after the “Will & Grace” star praised an Alabama church sign that read “A black vote for Trump is mental illness.”

“I have not forgotten that when it was announced that I was going to do The Apprentice, and when it then became a big hit, helping NBC’s failed lineup greatly, @DebraMessing came up to me at an Upfront & profusely thanked me, even calling me ‘Sir,’” Trump tweeted Sunday.

“How times have changed!” he added.

President Trump (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images); Debra Messing (Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

His comments came in response to Messing, an outspoken Trump critic, who had posted to Twitter a published story about a Baptist church that put up a sign that read “A black vote for Trump is mental illness.”

“A white vote for Trump is pure racism,” the sign also read.

“THANK YOU #Alabama,” Messing wrote along with the article published by The Hill.

Messing responded to Trump’s attacks by shifting attention to gun violence and Hurricane Dorian, which the Alabama National Guard is standing by in case the storm reaches the state's southern region early next week.

“Now that I know I have your attention @realDonaldTrump, please read this thread — a PARTIAL list of souls lost to preventable, devastating gun violence,” Messing responded Sunday, referring to a list of past mass shootings. “America wants universal background checks. The majority of Americans want assault weapons ban.”

“Take Action and I’ll call you Sir,” she added.

After a mass shooting left at least eight people dead, including the gunman, and dozens injured in Odessa, Texas, Saturday, Trump said the attack "really hasn't changed anything" regarding background-check legislation, which has been a contentious topic among Democrats and Republicans since two mass shootings occurred back-to-back last month.

"We are in the process of dealing with Democrats and Republicans, and there’s a big package of things that’s going to be put before them by a lot of different people I’ve been speaking to, a lot of senators, a lot of House members, Republicans, Democrats — this really hasn’t changed anything; we’re doing a package and we’ll see how it comes about," Trump said near Marine One. "That’s irrespective of what happened yesterday in Texas."

"Over the last five, six or seven years, no matter how strong you need the background checks, it wouldn’t have stopped any of it," the president added.

Messing wrote in an Instagram post: “I woke up this morning to my phone notifications going crazy. I got scared. I thought ‘Oh NO! Don’t tell me there is a 3rd mass shooting this weekend! Don’t tell me the Bahamians have lost their homes, their Lives by Hurricane #dorian!’

”It was Trump,” she continued. “NOT CALLING McConnell and demanding an end to the recess, and an emergency meeting to pass the gun violence bills passed by the House months ago. NOT reversing his decision to move $155 MILLION DOLLARS from FEMA Disaster Fund to ICE. Nope. What was on Trump’s mind in the midst of such tragedy, was me. The LAST thing that should be on his mind or in his tweets.”


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