Roseanne Barr announced during the Television Critics' Association winter press tour that her character and John Goodman's Dan Connor will be Trump supporters on the new Roseanne revival series. Barr has been a Trump supporter in her personal life and thinks that the Trump narrative works best for the Connor family, since they are a working-class family in 2018. Some of Barr's views have been controversial over the years, but she feels that Trump's presidency is also good for comedy, which is the main point of the Roseanne revival series.
In a new interview, Roseanne Barr spoke about her decisions behind making the Connor family Donald Trump supporters. In her opinion, Trump spoke to the American working-class family a lot better than Hillary Clinton did during the 2016 presidential election. Barr feels that Clinton spoke too much about things that most Americans can't identify with. She explains.
"He talked about jobs. That's what you need to do if you want working people to vote for you. Not Syrian airspace. 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."
Additionally, Roseanne Barr spoke about why Donald Trump is the perfect person in the White House for the Connor family in the Roseanne revival series. She chose Trump because of how polarizing he is just as much as she liked his position on creating jobs. However, the main reason that she chose to support Trump on the show is for the comedy. She had this to say.
"Trump offended half of America and she offended the other half, so that's great for sitcoms. It's great for comedy. We're lucky to have him as a president, it's great for comedy."
Roseanne Barr's decision to support Donald Trump in her personal life as well as the revival series has seen some backlash, but as usual, she stands her ground. And after all, who knows the Roseanne sitcom better than Barr? Barr and the producers and writers of the show from the beginning were never ones to shy away from controversy or political matters and for the most part, she helped to paint an accurate picture of a family that had never been represented on television before.
When it comes down to it, Roseanne Barr knows exactly what she's doing and drumming up a little bit of controversy is never a bad idea when you have something to promote. Donald Trump is the most divisive president in recent memory, so it's fitting that she chose him over Hillary Clinton. Clinton would have been the easy answer for the Roseanne revival, which is something that Barr doesn't do. You can check out the preview for the upcoming interview through the 20/20 Twitter account below.
'Roseanne' star @therealroseanne says "we're lucky" to have Trump as President: "Trump offended half of America and [Hillary Clinton] offended the other half, so that’s great for sitcoms. It's great for comedy." #Roseanne#ABC2020https://t.co/P9rxblLmKspic.twitter.com/qt6KFu1eKL— 20/20 (@ABC2020) February 15, 2018