Roseanne is getting ready to make its return to TV in March on ABC. Roseanne Barr has revealed that her character on the show is going to be a supporter of Trump, as will her husband Dan, played by John Goodman. This aligns with her real-life political views, which she's made clear on social media previously.
"I said it, and I'll say again, my show has always been ... I've always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and of working class people. 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 especially about polarization in the family and actually hating people for the way they voted, which I feel like is not American. ... There was a lot of thought in it."
The entire cast of Roseanne, including John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, and Laurie Metcalf, were reportedly at the TCA panel this past week, which took place in California to promote the returning series. But it was Roseanne Barr's personal politics that dominated the conversation. At one point, she was asked if her character, Roseanne Conner, agreed with President Trump's view on xenophobia. Here's what she had to say.
"I don't want to get into this. I'm not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things that he's said and done that I don't agree with. There's probably a lot of things Hillary Clinton has done and said that you don't agree with it. Nobody is brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent of what anybody said. One bright thing I read today is, this is the lowest black unemployment for many, many years, so I think that's great. I do support jobs for people. I think that's a great way to fight racism is that everybody has a job."
Though one of the writers of the Roseanne revival tried to jump in, Barr, at one point said, "Speaking of racism, I'm just going to say it." Sara Gilbert tried to stop her, asking, "Are you sure?" But Barr continued with her response, which had to do with why she didn't vote for Hillary Clinton.
"A big part of why I couldn't vote for Hillary Clinton is because of Haiti. I think it's a time to close ranks. I would really like to see an end to hatriotism in this country."
Roseanne Barr also went onto say she'd make a good president. "I think it was time for us as a country to shake things up and try something different," she exclaimed at one point, defending her support of President Trump. When asked about Oprah Winfrey's recent speech at the Golden Globes, which has stirred up talk of her running for office in 2020, Barr had this to say.
"I do love Oprah. Of course I love Oprah like everybody else. Actually, I think I would be a better president than Oprah or Susan Sarandon, possibly even President Trump."
Reportedly, an ABC publicist did try to stop the panel, but Roseanne Barr just pressed ahead with her comments. And yes, she did use the word "hatriotism, according to Entertainment Weekly's report. Roseanne returns on Tuesday, March 27 for a nine-episode run on ABC.