Roseanne Barr Responds to Backlash For Supporting President Trump

May 01, 2018May 01, 2018

In a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon, Roseanne Barr made is very clear that she doesn't care that people are angry she's supporting President Trump, according to Fox News.

"Oh yeah, people are mad about that," she said, after being asked about her support for President Trump. "But you know, I don't care." 

Roseanne Barr has been very open and proud that her character is a working-class Trump supporter. 

“I mean, everybody had to choose for themselves, according to their own conscience, who they felt was the lesser of two evils,” she said of the 2016 election. “You know, everybody chose that, so I’m not going to put anybody down who didn’t vote like me. This is America, it’s a free country, and when you weigh it all together, I just felt like we needed a whole new thing. All the way. Bottom to top.”

Sara Gilbert, who plays Darlene on the television show, clarified in a separate interview that the Connors is not a pro-Trump family, and the television show is not intended to be "pro-Trump." Rather, she says, the show intends to display what happens when politics divide a family. 

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. 

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.

The actress revealed last week that she chatted with President Trump about her new television show and the smashing success it received during its opening night.

According to The Hill, Trump called the comedian and actress to congratulate her following the premiere of her self-titled sitcom. 

"Roseanne" debuted to tremendous ratings for ABC earlier this year. Reports are claiming that 18.1 million viewers watched the television show. Barr plays a Trump supporter on the show who clashes politically with her pro-Hillary family. The actress was also a Trump supporter in real life, too, despite running for president in the Green Party and holding progressive social and economic views.

“We just kind of had a private conversation, but we talked about a lot of things and he’s just happy for me,” Barr said. 

The New York Times writes that the call was confirmed by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary. They also write that another person familiar with the call writes that President Trump was personally excited that the television show had such great ratings. 

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