Roseanne Barr has been fairly open about her support for President Trump on social media, and while promoting her show’s revival, she revealed that her eponymous character voted for him too.
She says that addressing the issue is something that she felt was necessary based on the show’s themes. “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, so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed,” she said.
She added that, with half the country voting for the president and the way that politics has divided society, she hopes that the show will help to ease the sort of polarization that exists within families.
Bruce Helford, executive producer for the show, went on to say that Dan (played by John Goodman) may not have voted at all, but that Roseanne’s sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) voted for Hillary Clinton. He hopes that this will allow them to fairly portray a wide range of political opinions.
Sara Gilbert, who played daughter Darlene (whose politics were not mentioned, but strikes this old viewer as a Bernie supporter), said “It was a great opportunity to have a family that can be divided by politics, but still is filled with love. And what a great thing to bring into this country right now.”
While one is wary of having this issue intrude on what was a fairly apolitical show, it will be nice finally see a Trump supporter as the protagonist rather than in the usual “tolerated bigot relative” role. It is also an interesting move by ABC, given that many accuse them of canceling the successful Last Man Standing due to its star, Tim Allen, being an outspoken Trump supporter.