By Barnini Chakraborty
Published April 15, 2019
CBS All-Access’ "The Good Wife" spinoff series, "The Good Fight," is in hot water after tweeting an image from one of its episodes that shows a list of "target words" including: "Assassinate," "President" and "Trump" in a red column and a second orange column that started with the words: "Mar-a-Lago" and "Eliminate."
The episode itself focuses on the character Diane (Christine Baranski) joining a female resistance group tasked with dragging down Donald Trump's approval ratings.
The tweet, which has since been deleted, did not provide context for the list. Instead, it asked viewers if they could find the Easter egg. The egg reference ended up being linked to Kalinda, a popular character in "The Good Wife," whose name was in the second column.
In a statement to Fox News on Monday, a spokesperson for CBS All Access said: "A social media post for 'The Good Fight' displayed show content that, when presented in isolation, outside of the context of the show, created an impression and provoked a reaction that was not intended.
"The tweet showed a screengrab from the show’s fictional NSA office, including a list of standalone 'target words' the series’ NSA characters should look out for while conducting anonymous wire taps in an effort to protect the President and the public," the statement continued. "However, the tweet was regrettably posted without that context, in an effort to direct fans to find an 'Easter Egg' clue, in reference to a past character on 'The Good Wife,' Kalinda, listed in the second column of the list, and the fact that the NSA is still monitoring her in the fictional world of the show.
"The post was perceived very differently than the intended result and has since been removed," the statement concluded.
The tweet hit a nerve with some viewers not amused by the Trump reference. Some pledged to stop watching the show while others threatened to contact the authorities.
One user tweeted: "Yes, @CBS this is despicable to run subliminal messages encouraging the assassination of the president @realDonaldTrump I hope @SecretService investigates @thegoodfight thoroughly."
Another shared: "This is absolutely abhorrent and cannot be tolerated. Will @CBS allow this garbage? The show should be dropped immediately."
Another user said they will hit CBS where it hurts the most.
"Just stopped watching anything having to do with CBS, and especially, The Good Fight. Inciting political violence? Advocating for the assassination of Donald Trump? Have you all lost your minds? I'll be contacting your advertisers."
"The garbage show @thegoodfight that incites to(sic) violence on the streets already deleted their tweet, but they cannot delete the terrible image they left on hundreds of twitter users."
This isn't the first time "The Good Fight" has taken a dig at Trump. A couple of years ago, the show tackled the topic of censorship under the Trump administration. There have also been Trump-inspired episodes on just about every primetime network including NBC's "Law & Order: SVU," ABC's "Quantico" and Showtime's "Homeland," to name a few.
Fox News' Jessica Sager contributed to this report.