Roseanne Barr, a Trump supporter, is defending her character's support for the current president. This isn't surprising, given the star's infrequent defense of Donald Trump and criticism of Hillary Clinton. For instance, in a clip for an upcoming interview, Barr actually claims that Americans are "lucky" to have Trump as president. In the very same interview, the actress also criticizes Clinton for her campaign choices.
Barr, who recently went onto Thursday's 20/20 to promote her upcoming revival of "Roseanne," claimed once again that her character will be a Trump supporter.
The actress doesn't desire her character to be a Trump supporter because she personally supports the president — although hesitatingly she indeed does — but rather because she thinks Trump represents the majority of working-class Republican voters.
“He talked about jobs. That’s what you need to do if you want working people to vote for you. Not Syrian airspace,” Barr says. “I don’t think Hillary talked about jobs much. She was always just talking about Syrian airspace. Do you think people in America care? Maybe they do, I didn’t, though.”
“Trump offended half of America and she [Hillary Clinton] offended the other half, so that’s great for sitcoms,” she said, according to Fox News. “It’s great for comedy. We’re lucky to have him as a president, it’s great for comedy.”
When first asked about her character being a supporter of President Trump in early January, she at first tried to dodge the question, in order to avoid unnecessary controversy. But then she offered up some interesting insight into the politics of her returning character.
"In The Rosanne Show, I’ve always tried to have it be a true reflection of the society we live in. I feel like half the people voted for Trump and half didn’t, so it’s just realistic," she said, according to Hollywood Reporter.
She added: "And, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt like that was very real and something that needed to be discussed and especially about polarization in the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American."
The season premiere of the ABC reboot portrays Roseanne and her sister, Jackie, embroiled in a fight. Jackie, the family quickly discovers, voted for Hillary Clinton, whereas Roseanne was a proud supporter of President Trump.
Although she has received criticism for using her show to voice the views of working-class Republican voters, Roseanne believes that a show like this is necessary during a time when the country is so divided. Indeed, Roseanne is particularly bothered that families are fighting about who they voted for, and in some cases dislike each other because somebody voted for Trump and another person didn't.
It is likely that Barr will only receive negative press from introducing politics in this manner into her show, but it is also the case that such a show is desperately needed at a time like this. Through comedy, hopes Barr, Americans will be able to grow closer together, and at the very least, Americans of different political persuasions will be able to understand each other a little bit better.
Barr thinks that a "dialogue" needs to return between left and right, and she hopes that the reboot of "Roseanne" will help promote this much-needed national civility.
At the end of her interview, Barr, who is actually known for her left-leaning politics, remarked that she doesn't support Trump 100% of the time. Relatedly, she also added that she is not and never will be an "apologist" for the president, with whom she often disagrees on substantive issues.
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