Roseanne Barr and Shaun King Start a Twitter War Over Trump’s Time Magazine Cover

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By Emily Zanotti | 8:03 pm, December 7, 2016

Former television star Roseanne Barr and Black Lives Matter leader Shaun King warred with each other on social media after King compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin—and it may all lead back to the Internet’s bizarre Pizzagate theory.

King launched into his attack by noting that by winning Time‘s “Man of the Year” honor, Donald Trump was in “good company.”

While most of social media simply rolled their eyes at King’s comparison, Barr, who did not endorse Trump but spoke favorably of the then-Republican nominee over the summer, fired back with a concise tweet of her own.

King engaged.

And then dug deeper, playing on Barr’s stalled entertainment career.

Barr launched another volley.

Annnnnnd King fired back.

And again.

The two went on for some time, with replies chiming in that one, the other, or both had little to no impact on culture in any real way. At some point, late Wednesday, Barr took to retweeting any response calling her a “hater” of King, and then King’s most memorable Trump tweets.

Some of Barr’s anger with King, who was a staunch Hillary supporter, may stem not from her love of Trump, but from her belief in Pizzagate, the bizarre conspiracy theory that says Clinton and other prominent Democrats are part of an international child sex ring operating out of a DC-area pizzeria.

Barr has been tweeting about Pizzagate recently.

During her fight with King, some of Barr’s followers began tweeting support for Pizzagate, and urging King to “educate himself” about the Clinton conspiracy.