'Roseanne' star says revived show reflects Trump's America


While participating in a Monday night Television Critics Association panel about the return of her show Roseanne, Roseanne Barr was asked if she'd vote for Oprah Winfrey should the talk show legend throw her hat into the 2020 race.

If you're thinking, hey, wait a minute, those don't sound like new shows, congratulations for paying attention.

But it was Roseanne Barr's personal politics that dominated the conversation. She denied that she was Trump's number one cheerleader, but she also seemed to like the way that Trump was going to "shake things up", which led to her support for him. Roseanne in the show is a Donald Trump supporter, and this will be in some way a part of the narrative.

Even so, she joked that she would be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, and "and possibly even Trump".

Showrunner Bruce Helford, however, said the decision for the family to be politically divided in the reboot was meant to bring the issue to the forefront. "And, in fact, it was working class people that elected Trump so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed", Barr said.

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Sara Gilbert, who returns as one of Barr's daughters on the show when it premieres in March, said the new episodes depict a family "divided by politics but still filled with love".

"I've always tried to have it be a true reflection of the society we live in". The entire cast joined her, but almost all of the questions were directed at Barr, who discussed her personal politics and why she'd make a better president than Oprah.

And though her TV alter ego supports Trump, Barr sats the president "says a lot of insane s-". There are a lot of things he's said and done that I don't agree with, just like there are a lot of things Hillary Clinton has said and done that you don't agree with. Goodman's Dan Conner died in the finale, to be explained through Roseanne's dreams and writing. There are a lot of things that he's said and done that I don't agree with.

"What we wanted to do was find a way for this family, which represents a cross-section of values and beliefs, and get a debate going in an honest and real way - whether that's pro- or anti-Trump or Jill Stein, it was really about getting dialogue going in an honest way", Helford said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Barr completed her answer by saying that a big reason she couldn't vote for Hillary Clinton had to do with Haiti, a reference to untrue claims that the Clintons raised millions of dollars for a hospital in Haiti that was never built. On some level, everybody involved realizes that this could work in the show's favor - so long as Barr herself can stay on message.