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Comeback

Trump calls Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on big TV ratings win

By WITW Staff on March 29, 2018

The always ratings-obsessed President Donald Trump took time out of his schedule to place a phone call to Roseanne Barr Wednesday to say congratulations on the return of her sitcom and to thank her for her support. The New York Times reported that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the call occurred and the paper’s request for comment from Barr went unreturned.

Barr’s 1990s sitcom was resurrected Tuesday night on ABC, the same network that aired the first nine seasons of the show. It debuted to blockbuster TV ratings — 18.2 million viewers tuned in, bigger than its series finale drew in 1997 and ABC’s highest-rated comedy show in four years.

Of course, the tension both within the Conner family narrative and in American culture at large centered on the character Roseanne being a Trump supporter, in direct conflict with her sister Jackie, played by Laurie Metcalf, who is an impassioned Hillary Clinton supporter.

In real life, Barr, who once ran for president, is a vocal Trump supporter, and she told The New York Times in an interview she believed it was important to portray her character on the show that way because it reflected how many working-class women in the U.S. voted. “It’s an accurate portrayal of these people and people like them,” Barr said. “In terms of what they think, and how they feel when they are the ones who send their kids over to fight. We’ve been in wars for a long, long time, which everybody seems to forget — but working class people don’t forget it because their kids are in it.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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