Peace and Freedom Party 2012 Presidential Nominee Roseanne Barr Praises Donald Trump in Recent Interview

Barr & Trump

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.

9 thoughts on “Peace and Freedom Party 2012 Presidential Nominee Roseanne Barr Praises Donald Trump in Recent Interview

  1. Thane Eichenauer

    This doesn’t seem strange at all so long as you read the last sentence “In the full interview, Barr discusses her life, feminism, and her new film. Roseanne For President! is to be released on July 1.”

    Who would read up on Roseanne Barr endorsing Hillary Clinton or Jill Stein. A thousand or two thousand people. Who would read up on Roseanne Barr voting for Donald Trump? Let’s say 10,000 to start. Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton have absolutely nothing new to tell people and no new energy with which to tell it.

    Donald Trump and anything for or against him is 80% of news and media coverage these days.

  2. Catherine Petro

    Roseanne’s presidential campaign was a mess. She tried, and came close, to hijacking the Green nomination in 2012. She declared late, but tried to twist the rules in order to receive delegates. She still didn’t receive enough to get the nomination, though. It quickly became clear to a lot of Greens in the upper ranks of the party what she was doing, but they still invited her to the convention. She refused to show up, but did send a surrogate, Farheem Hakeen, who shit-talked those in attendance and then screamed that Jill Stein’s campaign manager was sexist (lol). Roseanne then successfully twisted the Peace and Freedom Party into nominating her. They realized too late what the Green Party realized quickly: she wasn’t serious about the nomination, she wouldn’t raise money and sure as Hell wouldn’t spend her own, and she wouldn’t do anything to publicize the party. Cindy Sheehan, the Peace and Freedom VP candidate tried to have her name taken off the ballots but it was too late. Roseanne’s presidential campaign was just material for her movie, like when Joaquin Phoenix tried to be a rapper. Thankfully the Green Party was smart enough to realize it, unlike the Peace and Freedom folks. Cindy Sheehan’s comments on Roseanne are below:

  3. Election Addict

    That first link from Sheehan’s blog surprises me. Barr seems similar to Trump, in how unhinged she is. Glad I voted Stein, yikes.

  4. rj

    In an e-mail, Justice Party presidential nominee, former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson had this to say about his decision to skip the Peace and Freedom Party convention last week, despite having won its primary in June:

    “It was apparent to me that the trip to California and attendance at the convention would be futile. It seems the sole concern for most people, at least the leadership, associated with Peace and Freedom Party is continued ballot access for the party. It’s understandable, to a point. But it seems to me that one’s seriousness as a candidate (including one’s record of achievement, demonstrated commitment to the major issues, and experience), and commitment to continuing on with a movement for change, should be more important when considering a candidate. It seemed clear that because of the celebrity of Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan, they would be chosen as the party’s nominees, although they are only now entering the race. I’ve got a lot of productive work that needs to be done for our nationwide campaign and I probably already spent far too much time, energy, and money with Peace and Freedom Party’s various events — including candidate debates in Santa Cruz and Los Angeles.”

  5. Catherine Petro

    RJ, that quote you posted from Rocky is so funny to me in retrospect because Roseanne’s supporters in the Green Party and Peace and Freedom Party would excoriate any members who questioned Roseanne’s sincerity. Her supporters’ argument was that Roseanne’s celebrity would bring in tons of support, new members, and funds. Didn’t happen. Roseanne came in far behind Jill Stein in every state Roseanne was on the ballot. Roseanne and the Peace and Freedom Party were convinced Roseanne would outpace Jill in California 2-to-1 simply because of Roseanne’s name (Roseanne refused to campaign in person except for three instances) and this is even included in the movie she made about her campaign. Instead, Jill brought in 85,638 votes and Roseanne brought in 53,824. Roseanne’s supporters in the Green Party (Cynthia McKinney and Farheen Hakeem) called those of us against Roseanne just about every name imaginable because they though Roseanne’s popularity would grow the party, and Rocky’s quote shows that those in the Peace and Freedom Party fell even more completely for Roseanne’s prank (which is exactly what her campaign was. She was never serious about it).

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