Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Trump Called Roseanne Barr to Congratulate Her on Show Ratings

Trump Called Roseanne Barr to Congratulate Her on Show Ratings

In an interview with the Times on Tuesday, Barr said she decided to make her character on "Roseanne " a Trump supporter because she thought it would be an "accurate portrayal" of working-class Americans.

The show's revival two decades later brings politics into the fold, but Barr feels her character's support of Trump is a reflection the times.

Ms. Barr said that she has known Mr. Trump for years and that the call was "friendly".

Barr says she thought it was important to show how the Conners deal with the same issues that many American families now face. Barr, herself, is a vocal Trump supporter on screen and off.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Trump did in fact phone Barr to chat, though specific details of their conversation are unknown.

"Roseanne", an American comedy sitcom that originally aired from 1988 to 1997, made a triumphant return on ABC last Tuesday.

Conner's character previously showed support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage, the two platforms that Trump vehemently opposed.

Roseanne airs Tuesdays on ABC.

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Laurie Metcalf, who plays Roseanne's sister Jackie, clashes with her on political issues.

Trump phoning Roseanne was a mating call to his base: Roseanne delivered its highest ratings in states he handily carried in the election. Roseanne first aired in 1988 and became a hit thanks to its frank and amusing representation of working class family life in America.

"It was pretty exciting, I'll tell you that much", Barr said.

"What's up, deplorable?" she greets a feuding Roseanne, adopting Hillary Clinton's now infamous epithet for Trump voters.

"The idea that people can agree to disagree is kinda missing from everything", she said.

"I think he voices them quite well", she argued.

"I'm shocked, because I know you were a very socially liberal person in general", Kimmel said. That's what we need to do as a country - figure out what we don't like and talk to each other and discuss how we're going to get it changed or fixed.

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