By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 15:39 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 15:55 BST, 1 September 2019
As the White House prepared a government-wide response to Hurricane Dorian and tried to avoid public discussion of a mass-shooting in Texas, Donald Trump succumbed to a distraction on Sunday by Twitter-venting at actress Debra Messing for trying to blacklist the quiet ranks of his Hollywood supporters.
Messing, 51, of the gay-themed TV comedy 'Will & Grace,' and her Canadian-born co-star Eric MacCormack, 56, both tweeted this weekend about Trump's planned September 17 Los Angeles fundraiser.
'Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know,' she tweeted Saturday, responding to a Hollywood Reporter story about the president's upcoming West coast political swing. McCormack had already asked the trade magazine to '[k]indly report on everyone attending this event, so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with. Thx.'
Trump responded in a broadside that cast Messing, as an obsequious Hollywood social climber who was happy to gush over his former reality TV program 'The Apprentice' when it benefited the NBC network that kept her own show on the air.
'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.” How times have changed!' the president tweeted Sunday.
President Trump blasted 'Will & Grace' co-star Debra Messing for calling for a blacklist of conservatives who donate money to the president's re-election campaign
Messing and co-star Eric McCormack were wuickly slammed by a White House aide who said their new blacklist is just as repressive as