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Star Backtracks on Trump Donor Shaming After Backlash

Actor Eric McCormack
Actor Eric McCormack (Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 September 2019 10:16 AM

"Will and Grace" star Eric McCormack has backtracked on his controversial comments about a Trump fundraiser taking place later this month. He came under fire when he called for the names of those attending the event in support of President Donald Trump's reelection campaign to be outed.

In a tweet, McCormack demanded a "report" on all those attending "so the rest of us can be clear about who we don't want to work with." Co-star Debra Messing supported his position.

On Tuesday he attempted to walk back on the comments, claiming he had been "misinterpreted in a very upsetting way." That was after he got substantial backlash, including harsh comments by Whoopi Goldberg.

In a statement shared to his Instagram followers, McCormack said he did not support blacklists or discrimination of any kind.

"I'd simply like to understand where Trump's major donations are coming from, which is a matter of public record," he said. "I am holding myself responsible for making educated and informed that I can morally and ethically stand by and to do that, transparency is essential."

Messing, who also made demands that those attending the Trump fundraiser be named, shared McCormack's statement to Twitter, adding, "I couldn't have said it better."

Both stars have been widely criticized for their initial remarks. "Seinfeld" actor John O'Hurley said he was embarrassed for Messing and McCormack, while Goldberg reprimanded them on "The View."

"Last time people did this, people started killing themselves," Goldberg said, per Fox News. "In this country, people can vote for who they want to — that is one of the great rights of this country. You don't have to like it but we don't go after people because we don't like who they voted for — we don't go after them that way. We can talk about issues and stuff, but we don't print out lists."

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"Will and Grace" star Eric McCormack has backtracked on his controversial comments about a Trump fundraiser taking place later this month.
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