Chelsea Clinton politely corrected Rosanne Barr after the sitcom star went on a bizarre Twitter rant alleging that the former first daughter is married to a nephew of investor George Soros.
The Clinton-Soros nephew rumor began when Trump supporter Scott Baio erroneously posted to Facebook in 2016 that Chelsea’s husband Marc Mezvinsky is the nephew of Soros.
Barr continued to spread the misinformation on Twitter early Tuesday, writing ‘Chelsea Soros Clinton.’
Chelsea responded to Barr soon-after, writing of the roundly debunked rumor: ‘Good morning Roseanne – my given middle name is Victoria. I imagine George Soros’s nephews are lovely people. I’m just not married to one.’
Barr wrote: ‘I’m sorry-Chelsea Clinton IS NOT married to a nephew of George Soros-i apologize for the mistake!’
Roseanne Barr tried to push a conspiracy on Tuesday claiming that Chelsea Clinton was married to the nephew of George Soros. Clinton is married to Mark Mevisnky (pictured)
Barr was forced to apologize for a slew of Tuesday tweets and said she was going off Twitter. She did not in fact leave Twitter
Chelsea Clinton herself was quick to shoot down the rumor, which was first propagated by actor and Trump supporter Scott Baio in 2016
However, it did not end there.
Barr, while again apologizing, tweeted, ‘Sorry to have tweeted incorrect info about you!’ she continued in the social media missive that Soros ‘is a nazi who turned his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth- were you aware of that? But, we all make mistakes, right Chelsea?’
Barr retweeted a clip of a 60 Minutes interview Soros did, which appears to be where she is extrapolating her information about the investor from.
And yet again, Barr tweeted another correction/ attack, this one landing closer to home for Chelsea.
‘CORRECTION: CHELSEA CLINTON IS NOT MARRIED TO A SOROS NEPHEW. HER HUSBAND IS THE SON OF A CORRUPT SENATOR, SO SORRY!’
Chelsea’s father-in-law is a former congressman and convicted felon who in March of 2001 plead guilty to 31 of 69 felony charges of mail, bank and wire fraud.
He served five years in prison and was released in 2008. He was never given a pardon that was requested on his behalf under the Clinton administration.
Barr sent two tweets apologizing to Clinton, which would be her first – but not last – apologies of the day during the Twitter rant
While Barr’s apologies to Clinton were less than in earnest, she did attempt to make more serious amends Tuesday.
Barr apologized after coming under fire for a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett during the unhinged morning rant.
The television star’s attack on Jarrett sent shock waves.
Barr was was responding to a Twitter thread with an article from SGTreports, a site known for publishing conspiracy theories, in which a commenter mentioned Jarrett.
‘muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj’, Roseanne then wrote about Jarret, who served as Barack Obama’s senior adviser during his presidency.
Roseanne’s mention of the ‘Muslim brotherhood’ seems to be due to the long-running conspiracy theory that Jarrett is Muslim.
Jarrett was born in Iran to American parents and lived in Shiraz for six years.
The family had moved to Iran because her father was part of a program that sent American physicians to help developing countries. He ran a children’s hospital.
Roseanne Barr apologized after coming under fire for a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett during an unhinged rant on Tuesday morning
Many Twitter users called out Barr and asked ABC how they could continue to order episodes of her eponymous show (pictured)
There has never been any indication that Jarrett or her parents are Muslim.
Barr later claimed the comment was a ‘joke’ when she was called out on Twitter by CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski.
‘ABC is doing their best to ignore some of these statements from Roseanne and she is making it really hard for them by taking it to the next level here,’ he wrote.
After Roseanne responds, Kaczynski replied: ‘understand it’s a joke, but can you see why some people think comparing a black woman to Planet of the Apes might be racist and find the Muslim Brotherhood reference to be conspiratorial and Islamophobic?’
Many Twitter users agreed, with some asking ABC how they could continue to order episodes of Barr’s eponymous show.
Others called the comedian ‘quite literally a racist’.
‘It wasn’t a joke, it was a slur,’ one user wrote.
She also issued a blanket apology Tuesday morning in announcing, ‘I am now leaving Twitter.’
Barr did not in fact leave Twitter.