Iconic actress/comedienne Roseanne Barr is hardly enthusiastic about what she considers the same old, same old presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Barr is currently promoting the documentary Roseanne For President! about her own 2012 presidential run, which is premiering at the Tribeca film Festival in New York City. Barr tried to secure the Green Party nomination back then but ended up running as the Peace and Freedom Party candidate.
No stranger to controversy over her career, Barr, 63, starred in the eponymous megahit sitcom Roseanne, which ran from 1988 to 1997 on ABC, co-starring John Goodman.
In the same Daily Beast interview in which she revealed that she is gradually going blind from macular degeneration, Barr didn’t mince words about not being ready Hillary, who announced last week that she was running for president for the Democrats.
“She seems like every other Democrat. I would not like to see her win. She’s the same old sh*t. I’d like to see me win. I don’t see how she can win, but it will be interesting to see how the process goes—although its kind of offensive that the American people for 21 months have to live through the mudslinging that goes on between the two parties…”
While assailing establishment politicians who line up with the one percent, Barr did not specifically address the ongoing controversy over the Clinton Foundation accepting big-money donations from foreign governments (including some with dismal women’s rights records) and multinational corporations with business before the U.S. government while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State and the resulting allegations of conflicts of interest.
There has been much speculation across the ideological spectrum that Clinton may have allegedly traded favorable treatment by the feds for Foundation contributions, including allegations contained in a new book called Clinton Cash. Some Clinton critics have suggested that the personal email account on a private email server that has supposedly been wiped clean contained evidence of a pay-for-play, access-buying scheme.
According to the New York Times, which, along with the Washington Post and Fox News, is going to follow-up on the accusations in Clinton Cash, the new book “asserts that foreign entities who made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Mr. Clinton through high speaking fees received favors from Mrs. Clinton’s State Department in return.”
The possibility of Hillary Clinton as the first female president doesn’t turn Roseanne Barr on either, although most would regard the comedienne as an outspoken feminist.
“I think that a party that was woman-friendly would be revolutionary, and that party could be headed by a male or female. It’s what the party itself stands for that matters. She is standing as a Democrat so she’s a Democrat, and I don’t see much difference between them and the Republicans. They both get paid by the same guys. They do the same thing, they want the same stuff, more business… I would rather see the first intelligent, honest American president. I don’t care what’s in their shorts. I don’t care what it looks like down there at all.”
The ex-TV star also remarked that she has become disillusioned with Barack Obama, after initially buying into the hope and change mantra.
“But he’s just another corporate Democrat like they all are. He rushed to give the banks their bailout. They’re all the same, they work for big money.”
Not a Hillary Clinton supporter, Roseanne Barr supports legalizing marijuana and has even toyed with the idea of starting her own fusion political party as a platform for another presidential run called the Green Tea Party, “a hybrid of freedom and safety net. That’s what I think the future is all about: a limit to government size and power, government made efficient.”
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