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Roseanne Barr Blames Ambien for ‘Ape’ Comment, Retweets New Attacks on Valerie Jarrett, ABC & More

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Roseanne Barr attends An Evening With The Cast Of "Roseanne"at The Paley Center for Media on March 26, 2018 in New York City.
Roseanne Barr attends An Evening With The Cast Of “Roseanne”at The Paley Center for Media on March 26, 2018 in New York City.

*Roseanne Barr returned to Twitter early this morning (12 hours after announcing she was leaving the platform) and went on a tweet storm that would put her boy Donald Trump to shame.

First, she offered what she called another “sincere apology” to Valerie Jarrett for her tweet saying, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” with the initials referring to Jarrett, Barack Obama’s former senior advisor:

However, Barr would later retweet several other racist comments about Jarrett, including one that placed her face next to an image from “Planet of the Apes.” She then defended her original “ape” tweet by suggesting that everyone looks like a monkey.

“I look like a monkey. Why?” Roseanne said of herself in one of the tweets. “My DNA is 96% similar to a monkey’s. It makes scientific sense. But due to emotions, double standards & feelings science is cancelled this year. There are 5,000 genders & if you don’t agree with me you’re a racist xenophobe.”

She also tweeted this about Jarrett, who was born to African American parents in Iran.

Barr also retweeted a false meme about Jarrett that purports to be her Stanford yearbook quote, in which Jarrett supposedly says she wants to make the U.S. a more Islamic country. She later deleted that retweet, and retweeted others who called it out for being fake.

During the tweetstorm, Roseanne urged supporters not to defend the “ape” comment, said her tweet was unforgivable, and then proceeded to blame her racism on the sleep drug Ambien:

“guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible,” Barr tweeted. “I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please. ty.”

She cited Ambien again in a later tweet, saying, “Not giving excuses for what I did(tweeted) but I’ve done weird stuff while on ambien — cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc.”

For some reason, she later deleted all of her references to the medication. Nevertheless, Ambien became the #1 trending topic on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

And then this…

While calling on supporters not to defend or feel sorry for her, she was simultaneously retweeting a bunch of supporters doing just that, insisting she’s the victim of a liberal double standard. The retweets included several highlighting perceived hypocrisy by Disney, the parent company of ABC and ESPN.

“Not repugnant according to @WaltDisneyCo,” read one post that Barr retweeted, referring to anti-Trump comments by Keith Olbermann, who recently returned to ESPN.

Barr also highlighted comments perceived as anti-Christian by Joy Behar, a co-host of ABC’s “The View.”

“Joy Behar mocked Mike Pence’s faith on The View and said that the way he prayed to Jesus was ‘mental illness,'” read another post that Barr retweeted. “She didn’t apologize until a month later. ABC was silent. Roseanne‏”

One of the fake images that Barr retweeted depicted “The View” moderator Whoopi Goldberg wearing a violently anti-Trump shirt. When folks informed her that it was fake, Barr quickly deleted the retweet.

She retweeted criticism of MSNBC’s Joy Reid getting a pass despite past tweets that were considered homophobic.

Barr also retweeted an attack on the African American woman who fired her, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey.

In the midst of all the tweeting and retweeting, Roseanne took a moment to thank her supporters.

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