Roseanne Barr explains why her TV character is a Trump supporter: 'It's just realistic'

 

When "Roseanne" returns to TV in March, it may reignite some uncomfortable family conversations -- but that's a good thing, according to the show's stars.

Roseanne Barr said Monday that her titular character is certainly a supporter of President Trump: "I've always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and of working class people," she said Monday, according to AP. "And in fact it was working class people who elected Trump."

She continued, “Half the country voted for him, half of them didn’t. It’s just realistic."

"Realistic" has long been the go-to descriptor for "Roseanne," which depicts a blue-collar Illinois couple living paycheck to paycheck while doing their best to provide for three children.

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 24: ROSEANNE - 'The Monday Thru Friday Show' - Season One - 1/24/89, Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan (John Goodman) disagree about where to spend a romantic 15th anniversary; Darlene (Sara Gilbert, top left) found her paper route more than she could handle; Becky (Lecy Goranson, top center) refused to dissect a frog in biology class. Laurie Metcalf (Jackie) and Michael Fishman (D.J.) also starred., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 19: ROSEANNE - 'Radio Days' 11/29/88 Sara Gilbert, Alicia Goranson, Roseanne Bar, Michael Fishman, John Goodman (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 26: ROSEANNE - 'The Memory Game' 12/13/88 Roseanne Barr, John Goodman (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 08: ROSEANNE - gallery - Season Two - 9/8/89, Pictured, from left: Lecy Goranson (Becky), Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Michael Fishman (D.J.), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 29: ROSEANNE - 'Radio Days' - Season One - 11/29/88, A songwriting contest unleashes creativity in Dan and Roseanne. Pictured: Michael Fishman (D.J.), Lecy Goranson (Becky), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 06: ROSEANNE - 'Lovers' Lane' - Season One - 12/6/88, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) had a salacious bet on the line with Booker (George Clooney) on bowling night., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Pretty in Black' which aired on October 13, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 03: ROSEANNE - 'Dan's Birthday Bash' - Season One - 1/3/89, Becky (Lecy Goranson), Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Darlene (Sara Gilbert) prepared a birthday breakfast for Dan., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do' which aired on February 18, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR;JOHN GOODMAN
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 31: ROSEANNE - 'Bridge Over Troubled Sonny' - Season One - 1/31/89, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf, left) helped Crystal struggle with her husband's death; and Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) struggles with the secret she knows about Sonny, that she wants to tell Crystal. , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 16: ROSEANNE- 'Like, a New Job' 10/9/90 Sara Gilbert (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: ROSEANNE- 'The Monday Thru Friday Show' 1/24/89 Roseanne Barr, John Goodman (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 02: ROSEANNE - 'Let's Call It Quits' - Season One - 5/2/89, Roseanne (Roseanne Barr, center) had difficulty accepting new rules from a tough new supervisor at the factory. Natalie West (Crystal) and Laurie Metcalf (Jackie) also star., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 11: ROSEANNE - 'Death and Stuff' - Season One - 4/11/89, A door-to-door saleman dropped dead in Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan's (John Goodman) kitchen., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: ROSEANNE- 'Like, a Virgin' 10/2/90 Matt Norero, Sara Gilbert (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 03: ROSEANNE - 'Somebody Stole My Gal' - Season Two - 10/3/89, A lonely architect attempts to buy Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan's (John Goodman) friendship with extravagant gifts., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'The Mommy's Curse' which aired on September 21, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JOHNNY GALECKI;MICHAEL FISHMAN
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 15: ROSEANNE- 'D-I-V-O-R-C-E' 11/1/88 Roseanne Barr, Michael Fishman (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 06: ROSEANNE - 'Lovers' Lane' - Season One - 12/6/88, Bowling night found a different activity for Roseanne (Roseanne Barr), Becky (Lecy Goranson), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), D.J. (Michael Fishman) and Dan (John Goodman) to engage at the bowling alley. , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 28: ROSEANNE - 'Dan's Birthday Bash' 1/3/89 Alicia Goranson, Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 19: ROSEANNE - 'Sleeper' - Season Seven - 10/19/94, Michael Fishman (D.J.) on the ABC Television Network comedy 'Roseanne'. 'Roseanne' is the story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 18: ROSEANNE - 'The Test' - Season Three - 9/18/90, Dan (John Goodman), Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and D.J. (Michael Fishman) were on pins and needles when Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) thought that she was pregnant again., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 07: ROSEANNE - 'Scenes from a Barbecue' - Season Three - 5/7/91, Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Shelley Winters (Nana) on the ABC Television Network comedy 'Roseanne'. 'Roseanne' is the story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Terms of Estrangement' which aired on September 15, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) GLENN QUINN
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 13: ROSEANNE - 'The Memory Game' - Season One - 12/13/88, Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Lecy Goranson (Becky), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Terms of Estrangement' which aired on September 15, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ALICIA LECY GORANSON;ROSEANNE BARR;JOHN GOODMAN
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: ROSEANNE - 'The Dark Ages' - Season Five - 9/29/92, Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) on the ABC Television Network comedy 'Roseanne'. Dan and Roseanne look at Darlene in a new light after David spends the night., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
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Returning cast member Sara Gilbert, who plays one of Roseanne's kids, said the show will allow for political discussion "in the context of a family ... It's a great opportunity to have a family divided by politics but is still filled with love. What a great thing to bring into this country right now," she said, noting that America is currently "divided."

Outside of her on-screen character, Roseanne said that while she supports the president, she's "not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things he's said and done I don't agree with, like there's probably a lot of things Hillary Clinton has done and said that you don't agree with."

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Air Date 11/06/1985 -- Pictured: Comedian Roseanne Barr performs on November 6, 1985 (Photo by Gene Arias/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 13 -- Pictured: Roseanne Barr as operator during 'MetroCard' skit on February 16, 1991 -- (Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Pretty in Black' which aired on October 13, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 10/30/1995 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Roseanne Barr during an interview with host Jay Leno on October 30, 1995 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
375669 01: 1998 Roseanne Barr Of The Roseanne Show. (Photo By Getty Images)
1998 Roseanne Barr Of The Roseanne Show. (Photo By Getty Images)
E364920 03: Comedienne Roseanne Barr poses with her husband Ben Thomas at the launch of her new CD titled 'I Just Can''t Help Myself' at the Tower Records store in Hollywood, California, February 21, 2000. The star performed with her band 'DiXXX' whom her husband is a member. (Photo by Chris Martinez)
382709 04: Actress Roseanne Barr and her husband Ben Thomas arrive at Project Angel Food''s Eight Annual 'Devine Design' Galla at the Pacific Design Center November 30, 2000 in West Hollywood, CA. The events proceeds go directly to Project Angel Food which provides free nutritional counseling and life-sustaining meals each day to 1,2000 men, women and children disabled by HIV/AIDS. (Photo byNewsmakers)
385218 39: Actress Roseanne Barr attends February 5, 2001 at the Lane Bryant fashion show at Studio 54 in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 18: Comedian/actress Roseanne Barr poses at the 'Comic Relief 2006' show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace November 18, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The benefit was held to help families in the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 23: Actress Roseanne Barr (L) with actor Will Ferrell (R) and wife Viveca Paulin arrive at the premiere of 'Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America' held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on October 23, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress/writer Roseanne Barr arrives at the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr at Hollywood Palladium on August 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 04: Roastee Roseanne Barr onstage during the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr at Hollywood Palladium on August 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 10: Actress Roseanne Barr attends The Paley Center For Media's 2014 PaleyFest Icon Award announcement at The Paley Center for Media on March 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Roseanne Barr attends the world premiere of documentary: 'Roseanne For President!' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 10: Actress Roseanne Barr attends The Paley Center For Media's 2014 PaleyFest Icon Award announcement at The Paley Center for Media on March 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 23: Actress Roseanne Barr attends the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival LA Kickoff Reception at The Standard, Hollywood on March 23, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Roseanne Barr (L) attends the cinema prive And PANDORA Jewelry Host A Special Screening Of 'Cake' on November 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for cinema prive)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Roseanne Barr (C) and children Jake Pentland (L) and Brandi Brown attend the world premiere of documentary: 'Roseanne For President!' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01: Actress Roseanne Barr attends the photo call for Roseanne Barr's 'Roseanne For President!' at Sundance Sunset Cinema on July 01, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Boardman/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01: Actress Roseanne Barr attends the photo call for Roseanne Barr's 'Roseanne For President!' at Sundance Sunset Cinema on July 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage,,)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Roseanne Barr attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actors John Goodman (L) and Roseanne Barr celebrate The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards with Moet & Chandon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 08: Roseanne Barr attends the Disney ABC Television Group hosts TCA Winter Press Tour 2018 held at The Langham Huntington on January 8, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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