Here's Why Roseanne Conner Will Be a Trump Supporter on the 'Roseanne' Revival
Get ready for some family drama because the Conners will be politically divided.
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Roseanne Barr is best known for playing the mouthy and balls-to-the-walls protagonist on the hit ABC sitcom, Roseanne. The groundbreaking series, which ran from 1988 to 1997, forthrightly addressed issues like classism and xenophobia, but it seems that the titular character’s politics might be much different than you expected.
In fact, Barr opened up about why her character will, in fact, be a Donald Trump supporter. “He says a lot of crazy s–t,” Barr stated at ABC’s panel during the Television Critics Association press tour. “I’m not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things he has said and done I don’t agree with, just like there a lot of things Hillary Clinton has said and done that you don’t agree with. Nobody is brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent of what anybody says, let alone a politician or a candidate.”
That’s not all, folks! Barr threw down some revelations about how the Conners will be politically divided in the upcoming revival. While Roseanne will be a Trump supporter, her sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) will be the complete opposite. This tension will ultimately create a rift between the two, and the sitcom will explore the nuances of how families can talk about pertinent and difficult political issues without killing each other.
“I’ve always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American working-class people and, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump,” Barr added, “so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed, especially about polarization within the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American.”
“It was a great opportunity to have a family divided by politics but still full of a lot of love,” Gilbert explained. “The working class has been underrepresented in politics and on television, and this just felt like a wonderful time and opportunity to give a voice to some people in this country.”
Roseanne executive producer and writer Whitney Cummings disclosed that the creative decision to make the titular character a Trump supporter came after Cummings spoke with Trump supporters in her real life. According to Cummings, these individuals occasionally felt conflicted about Trump, but voted for him believing that he would bring jobs back to America. Cummings added that the desire for more jobs would explain why a character like Roseanne Conner would vote for Trump, even if she didn’t agree with him on everything.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think it makes sense that Roseanne Conner is a Trump supporter, or do you want politics to be left out of the show? Hit the comments to dish and discuss all your unfiltered commentary.