ACTOR and comedian Michael Rapaport has drawn criticism after marking Mother's Day with a crude joke about Melania Trump.
Writing on twitter, the comic said he hoped Trump was a better mother than she was a First Lady because she was a "useless" First Lady.
Rapaport is known for his roles in comedies The War At Home and Friends as well as films including True Romance and Dr Dolittle 2, and has previously been critical of Donald Trump.
Referencing the president's response to the coronavirus crisis in a recent video, he said: "You are the worst possible motherf****r we could have in power making decisions right now."
Today's tweet read in full: "HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!
"I hope you’re a better Mother than you are First Lady, you’re useless as a First Lady, literally @FLOTUS"
Melania and President Trump have one son together, 14-year-old Barron.
The tweet was signed off with the hashtag: "#M***S"
It was accompanied by a picture of a scantily-clad Melania from her time as a professional model.
Responding to the tweet, one twitter user said they were a fan of Rapaport's but added: "That was over the line on Mothers Day.
"Just because you can get away with it doesn't mean you should do it."
Errol Webber, a Trump supporter and candidate for California's state congress, wrote: "We all know why you’re mad, Michael.
"She never would give you the time of day!"
Rapaport later posted a screenshot of a message he had received from twitter saying his tweet had been reported but found not to have violated the site's rules.
He captioned the post: "Snowflakes gonna Snowflake. 'I like My War Hero’s not captured'."
The second part of the caption was a reference to a comment made by Donald Trump before the 2016 election about fellow Republican John McCain, who had been critical of Trump's presidential campaign.
McCain spent more than five years as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War, and went on to become a widely-respected member of the US Senate.
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