Roseanne Barr defends supposed pro-Trump comments on Twitter

Everyone’s favorite third-party candidate/political pundit/son-berater Roseanne Barr is getting mountains of shit for an interview she gave to The Hollywood Reporter in which she claimed to prefer Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. But does that actually amount to a Trump endorsement? Let’s take a look.

In a story pegged to her imminent movie “Roseanne For President!” — a documentary on her 2012 run on the Green Party ticket — Barr discusses our current political landscape with her typical outspoken candor (and perhaps a measure of hyperbole). She praises the ideas represented by Bernie Sanders, but says the election is “fixed” and Trump and Sanders are both “playing the heel for Hillary.” She also echoes the famed anarchist Emma Goldman’s sentiment that “if voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”

A few grafs later, Barr drops the made-for-blog-headlines sentence about Trump: “I think we would be so lucky if Trump won. Because then it wouldn’t be Hillary.” Then she explains why she doesn’t like Clinton (with a dig on Sanders and the pope for good measure).

Via THR:

Well, she hangs out with [President] Bush. Do you need more than that? She’s friends with everybody that gives her any goddamned money. The fact is, you don’t get to be the nominee without taking a lot of dirty money. You might be the best f—in’ person on earth, but if you’re hanging out with criminals who do bad things, that matters a lot. That’s why I ran, because no, I don’t hang out with criminals and I don’t take their money and I’m not paid to help sell nuclear weapons. I like Trump because he financed his own [campaign]. That’s the only way he could’ve gotten that nomination. Because nobody wants a president who isn’t from Yale and Harvard and in the club. ‘Cause it’s all about distribution. When you’re in the club, you’ve got people that you sell to. That’s how money changes hands, that’s how business works. If you’ve got friends there, they scratch your back and blah, blah

… But Americans don’t even know that much, even though they say they do. They say they believe that people should take money out of politics and then, you know, they send their paycheck to Bernie and off he goes to hang out with the pope on a private jet on that money. The f—in’ Pope, are you shittin’ me?! And nobody just gives you money, they’re not like, ‘Here’s three million, you look good, your hair is nice.’ No. It’s like, ‘Hey, I’m giving you this money so you can pimp my products when it comes time.’

She also seems to echo a bit of Trump’s nativist sentiment, which, uh oh:

To me, [Trump]’s saying that the order of law matters. When a president can just pass laws all on his own, that is a little bit different than what America was supposed to be about. And Trump is saying people will have to be vetted, we’ll have to have legal immigration. It’s all a scam. I mean, illegal immigration. When people come here and they get a lot of benefits that our own veterans don’t get. What’s up with that?

Since then, Barr has gotten quite a bit of pushback on social media and has taken to Twitter to clarify and defend her claims with a characteristic mixture of valid leftism and tin foil hat nuttiness:

She also clarified that she will not be voting for Trump, but for herself:

It’s clear that the point she was trying to make was not that Trump would be a good president, but that a Trump win would at the very least show that the political establishment’s ability to control the outcome of elections had been subverted. I’m not sure that would be worth four to eight years of Trump in the White House, but just like Grandma Olenna said to Cersei on the most recent episode of “Game of Thrones,” knowing Clinton and her cronies have lost might be the only joy some of us can find in the misery of Trump’s America.

[The Hollywood Reporter | photo: Getty]