Kirstie Alley has doubled down on her support for President Donald Trump, accusing his rival Joe Biden of making ‘pretty constant’ racial slurs.
In an interview on Monday night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the 69-year-old actress laughed off the criticism since her Saturday night tweet declaring she was voting for Trump.
She also slammed Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and suggested he might be racist.
‘When your gaffes are constantly – when he said, you know, ‘you ain’t black if you’re not voting for me,’ and you know these constant gaffes that have these actual racist overtones,’ Alley said.
Kirstie Alley appeared on Sean Hannity’s show Monday night to discuss her support of Trump
The Cheers actress, 69, said she was not perturbed by the attacks on her electoral decision
‘And I’m like, no, you maybe get one where you accidentally said something inappropriate but it’s pretty constant.
‘I mean, it is constant, isn’t it? Those are racial slurs.’
Alley was referring to an interview in May with radio host Charlamagne tha God.
‘Well, I’ll tell you what,’ Biden said. ‘If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.’
Biden has apologized repeatedly, saying: ‘I shouldn’t have said that.’
He was also attacked for saying, in August, that the black community didn’t have diversity.
‘Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,’ he said, in pre-recorded remarks to the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Alley accused Biden, pictured with running mate Kamala Harris, of making ‘racial slurs’
The Cheers actress shared her views on the presidential race, tweeting: ‘I voted for him 4 years ago for this reason and shall vote for him again for this reason.
‘He gets things done quickly and he will turn the economy around quickly. There you have it folks there you have it’.
But Alley, who is a high profile follower of the Church of Scientology, quickly faced backlash for her tweet.
It had been shared more 60,000 times and liked 204,000 times as of Sunday morning. Alley’s name was soon trending on the site.
Kirstie Alley, pictured, shared her views on the presidential race on Saturday night
Alley, who is a high profile follower of the Church of Scientology, quickly faced high profile backlash for her tweet. Alley’s name was soon trending on the site
Her views sparked a fierce reaction online from some, including director Judd Apatow, who tweeted: ‘Shelly Long was way funnier than you.’
Long starred alongside Alley in Cheers.
Actress Patricia Arquette tweeted: ‘Well my vote for Biden canceled yours out. I have done my civic duty of the day.’
West Wing star Bradley Whitford added: ‘Exactly, @kirstiealley, @realDonaldTrump gets things done! Like the wall he built that Mexico paid for, the healthcare plan that he passed, the infrastructure plan, the way he neutralized the NK nuclear threat, and the way he released his taxes and kept us all safe! Great point!’
Thirtysomething actor Ken Olin said: ‘So, @kirstiealley joined others on the island of disgruntled former celebrities where Donald Trump is the king. Let them fly their freak flag. Who cares? Certainly not the public. It is what it is. If we vote, we win. Stay focused.’
Comedian Natasha Rothwell, a writer for Saturday Night Live, said: ‘Kirstie Alley’s tweet screamed ‘I can’t read! I don’t watch the news! Black Lives Don’t Matter! My body, your choice! and Pussies wear masks! And sexuality is a preference!’
‘But all I can think about is how 87% of the people on here will have to google who she is.’
Her views sparked a fierce reaction online from some, including director Judd Apatow, who tweeted: ‘Shelly Long was way funnier than you.’ Long starred alongside Alley in Cheers
The executive producer of Modern Family, Danny Zuker, added: ‘Breaking: Shelley Long quitting is no longer dumbest decision made by a ‘Cheers’ actor.’
Alley, who starred in Look Who’s Talking, followed up her tweet with: ‘Don’t think I’ve ever seen so much name-calling in my life.
‘Definitely not on my site [sic] here anyway I guess I’m not allowed to have a viewpoint without being called a really nasty names by what I’m going to suppose are really nasty people.’
She added: ‘Stick to your guns. Not always easy to be under fire but always easier than going against your own integrity.’
In March Alley praised Trump for ‘taking charge & leading’ during coronavirus crisis
Presenter Soledad O’Brien had retweeted Alley’s original post, writing: ‘Still a hot mess.’
Actor Adam Goldberg tweeted a picture of a plant, writing: ‘This is not a politician either. Also it doesn’t suck up all the oxygen.’
He later shared that Alley had blocked him on the site, posting the snowflake emoji.
And journalist Stephen Crockett Jr. said: ‘I would call for all us to cancel Kirstie Alley but that would require us all going to thrift stores to find VHS copies of ‘Look Who’s Talking’ and then burning them.’
Don Moynihan, a professor at Georgetown University, said: ‘The President of the United States is, in fact, a politician.
‘Granted, not one with basic skills of coalition-building or managing a government, but he is a politician in the worst possible meaning of the term: empty promises, exploiting fear and sowing hatred.’
Some did rush to praise the actress. GOP rising star Kim Klacik wrote: ‘Your bravery is appreciated.’
Alley, who starred in Look Who’s Talking, followed up her tweet with: ‘Don’t think I’ve ever seen so much name-calling in my life. ‘Definitely not on my site [sic] here anyway I guess I’m not allowed to have a viewpoint without being called a really nasty names by what I’m going to suppose are really nasty people’
In March, Alley praised Trump for ‘taking charge & leading’ during coronavirus crisis.
The Tonight Show’s John Melendez replied then: ‘Are you out of your mind? What press conferences are you watching? I watch the ones with lies, misinformation, & jabs at Mitt Romney, & others.’
Alley has long been a Trump supporter, endorsing him in 2015 during his presidential run.
She tweeted her support after the then-candidate was aggressively questioned by Scott Pelley during a 60 Minutes interview about his presidential run.
‘Pelley acting like an antagonist a**hat,’ she tweeted. ‘I like Trump..fire at will.’
She then defended her position with a series of follow-up tweets.
However the following year she walked back her endorsement after the controversial ‘p***ygate’ tape emerged.