Despite attracting an impressive audience for its premiere as a rebooted series in part because of the associated political hype, “Roseanne” cast member Sara Gilbert told viewers not to expect discussion about President Donald Trump among the sitcom’s characters.
Roseanne Barr, as well as her character in the eponymous ABC series, is an outspoken Trump supporter — unlike most of the other voices in the show.
The portrayal of such partisan discord within a family provided enough hype to attracted big numbers for the network and praise from a president known for his focus on ratings.
“Look at her ratings,” Trump said at a recent rally in Ohio. “They were unbelievable.”
He went on to tell the supportive crowd that the show was “about us.”
Gilbert, however, made it clear in a recent interview that her on-screen mother’s views are not representative of the show as a whole and Trump as a named entity will not be included in any of the scripts.
“The Conners aren’t Trump supporters,” she said. “Roseanne’s character is a Trump supporter — she’s the only one — and we never say his name, actually, in the show.”
She described the overarching theme of the show as a study of “what happens to a family when there’s a political divide” rather than “anyone’s position or a policy.”