The spat between Debra Messing and Donald Trump is heating up, with the US president calling the actor a "McCarthy style Racist".
He also wonders whether NBC will give the actor the boot, a la ABC and Roseanne Barr, for her recent Twitter activity supporting both the listing of Trump donors and a church sign that name-called both black and white Trump supporters.
On Twitter, #RacistDebraMessing trended Wednesday after the actor apologised for liking a Baptist church's sign that called black Trump voters "mentally ill" and white votes for the president "pure racism".
"Bad 'actress' Debra The Mess Messing is in hot water," Trump tweeted Thursday.
"She wants to create a 'Blacklist' of Trump supporters, & is being accused of McCarthyism. Is also being accused of being a Racist because of the terrible things she said about blacks and mental illness.
"If Roseanne Barr said what she did, even being on a much higher rated show, she would have been thrown off television. Will Fake News NBC allow a McCarthy style Racist to continue? ABC fired Roseanne. Watch the double standard!"
Messing apologised Wednesday for liking the church sign and defended herself to a critic.
"NUMBER 1 - I apologized for liking that church sign. I said I regret it. I shud have thought before recklessly suppprting," Messing said in a series of tweets.
She denied that she had ever called for a blacklist for any reason, saying that as a consumer she simply wanted to know where her money was going - and that it wasn't going to people who support the president.
"Just as you have the right to not watch W&G bc I don't support Trump, I have the right to not go see (pay for) a movie with someone supporting babies in cages," she tweeted.
Messing's exact words regarding the revelation of those donors, posted late last week on Twitter in response to a Hollywood Reporter story about Trump appearing at a Beverly Hills fundraiser during Emmys week, were, "Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know."
She was backed up by "Will & Grace" costar Eric McCormack, who tweeted, "Hey, @THR, kindly report on everyone attending this event, so the rest of us can be clear about who we don't wanna work with. Thx."
Australian Associated Press