The Margin: As the right claims bias, Samuel Jackson gets a pass for Trump ‘hemorrhoid’ tweet


A Trump supporter Samuel L. Jackson is not. One glance at the actor’s R-rated Twitter feed makes that pretty clear. (Reader, consider that a warning.)

This latest tweet about the president and his border wall, in particular, went completely viral, garnering almost half a million likes:

Why is that Hemorrhoid threatening to shut down the Government over a Wall budget? What happened to “and Mexico is gonna pay for it”??!!#ineversaidthat#yesthefuckyoudidmotherfucker

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 26, 2018

While critics of Trump embraced the tweet, others did not. In fact, Twitter received a complaint but ultimately took no action, a decision met with profane delight by the “Pulp Fiction” star, as you can see by his response:

Hahahahahahahaha Hahahahahaha,ah ah ah….hahahahahahahaha, some Muthafukka tried it,ahhhhahahahaha

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 28, 2018

This isn’t the first time Jackson has been reported. And it isn’t the first time Twitter TWTR, +0.00% allowed his account to stand. In another tweet directed at Trump earlier this year, which many called out as homophobic, Jackson emerged unscathed, and celebrated on Instagram:

And still another, this one about the national anthem:

Meanwhile, voices from the political right, many of whom contend the right wing is being silenced on social media, continue to claim bias when it comes to Twitter’s enforcement of its conduct rules. Most recently, Jesse Kelly, an Iraq war veteran, radio host and former GOP congressional candidate, was banned from Twitter for unspecified reasons, triggering outrage among from conservatives:

What the hell is this? Twitter is a complete joke. Just be honest and admit you’re a corporate, in-kind donation to the Progressive movement and stop pretending you’re a social media “platform.”

— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) November 26, 2018

Jesse Kelly is a funny guy and a combat vet Marine, a man very dedicated to his country, his family, and his bit. What Twitter has done marks a new low for the platform.

— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) November 26, 2018

Kelly was allowed back despite having been told his ban was permanent.

“I understand how sensitive Twitter is. I understand that they are run by leftists, and they’re trying to run off people on the right, so knowing that, I’m fairly careful with it,” he was quoted as having told the Hill. “Especially because it was a big tool I used to promote my show, to promote things that I had written. So I wasn’t trying to get kicked off, I was trying to be good, and I got kicked off anyway.”

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As for Jackson and Trump, they have a social-media history together, having gotten into a Twitter feud back in 2016, when Trump fired off this tweet:

I don’t know @SamuelLJackson, to best of my knowledge haven’t played golf w/him & think he does too many TV commercials—boring. Not a fan.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2016

Jackson later addressed the jab on a late-night talk show.

“I met him a lot,” he told Seth Meyers, dismissing Trump’s claim. “I played golf with him. I actually played golf with him and Anthony Anderson.”

Anderson, who stars in ABC’s DIS, +1.74% “Black-ish,” backed him up:

C’mon @realDonaldTrump you played Golf with @SamuelLJackson and me as well. we also had lunch together! shrimp and hot dogs. sound familiar?

— Anthony Anderson (@anthonyanderson) January 5, 2016

In Trump’s defense, when you golf as much as he does — more than once a week, according to the Washington Post — maybe he’d just forgotten.