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Roseanne Barr Says She'd Be a Better President than Oprah, Susan Sarandon, and Trump
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12 Jan 2018 12:56 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Roseanne Barr (Image Source: Stand-Up Sucks LLC via Wikimedia Commons)

Roseanne Barr seems to have a very specific problem. She wants to be the POTUS and thinks she could do a better job than anyone else. However, she was unsuccessful in her own bid to get elected.

While known as a comedian and sitcom star mostly, she's had other aspirations, such as a nut farmer in Hawaii, producer, talk show host, author, etc. And she is also a former presidential candidate, and an unsuccessful one at that.

Barr announced in 2011 that she'd be running for president in 2012. She campaigned as part of the Green Party but didn't win their nomination, coming in second to Jill Stein. She then ran on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket and had disagreements with her running mate, Cindy Sheehan, who eventually left the campaign.

Barr appeared on the ballot in some states but not all, and her home state of Hawaii doesn't allow write-in votes, so she voted for President Obama. She earned over 67,000 votes and came in sixth place.

For the 2016 election, despite being known as a liberal, she supported Donald Trump, making it clear she just wanted anyone other than Hillary Clinton. While she talked about writing in her own name, she eventually did vote for Trump. In the reboot of her sitcom, her character voted for Trump as well.

"I've always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and working-class people," she declared, "and in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt that yeah, that was very real, and something that needed to be discussed and especially about polarization in the family, and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American."

With the current interest in Oprah Winfrey possibly running for president, Barr explained, "I do love Oprah," and added, "Of course I love Oprah like everybody else, but you know what? I think it was time for us as a country to shake things up and try something different."

This is said despite the fact that Trump is very different from anyone we've had in office before.

Barr is also not supportive of Susan Sarandon, despite the fact that they both share a dislike of Clinton.

"I think I would be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, and possibly even President Trump. And I did run in 2012," she noted.

When questioned about Trump's racist comments, Barr feels "he says a lot of crazy sh-- ... I'm not a Trump apologist, but there are a lot of things he has said and done that 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, and so nobody is brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent of what anybody says, let alone a politician or a candidate."

When it comes down to voting, she feels "it's always the lesser of two evils, and we all have to face our own conscience in how we do that ... I think it's the time to close ranks, and I would really like to see an end to 'hatriedism' in this country."

From listening to Winfrey's speech, it seems that's what she's all about, so it's curious as to why Barr wouldn't support her if she ran.

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