Comedienne Roseanne Barr, who unsuccessfully sought the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nomination before winning the Peace and Freedom Party nomination that year, took part in an interview this week with the Hollywood Reporter to promote her new documentary Roseanne For President!, a chronicle of her 2012 campaign. During the interview, the leftist Barr offered high praise for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“I like Trump because he financed his own [campaign],” says Barr, “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 …”
She argues, “I think we [Americans] would be so lucky if Trump won. Because then it wouldn’t be Hillary.”
Concerning her dislike for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Barr explains:
Well, she hangs out with [President] Bush. … 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 fuckin’ 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.
Barr claims both Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are using the talking points she used in 2012 in their respective campaigns. However, she seems to be moving in Trump’s direction on the immigration issue:
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?
In the full interview, Barr discusses her life, feminism, and her new film.
Roseanne For President! is to be released on July 1.