When the world last left Roseanne Barr, groundbreaking comic turned legitimately crazy person, she was the centerpiece of a documentary called Roseanne for President, directed by frequent Michael Moore collaborator Eric Weinrib. The movie took a mostly loving look at the former "domestic goddess's" foray into presidential politics, including her run on the "Peace and Freedom Party" ticket in 2012 and her eventual attempt to pull the Green Party seat out from under Jill Stein. That's about the most charitable thing you can say about Roseanne's recent history. Because in between running for the White House or trying to run for the White House, there have been outbursts of paranoia and unhinged behavior so pronounced that they've at times made it impossible not to wonder whether Roseanne really had gone completely over the edge.
So with this in mind, maybe it's not a surprise that Roseanne is now endorsing Donald Trump for president, saying that the we'd all be "so lucky" if Trump won the White House in November. Her rationale, or whatever passes for it? "Because then it wouldn't be Hillary." The comedian says she thinks "Hillary probably got the receipt, because she paid for the Oval Office" and that "both Trump and Bernie are playing the heel for Hillary." She goes on to claim, when asked whether Trump -- a lying, narcissistic, thin-skinned bully who spouts racist, misogynist and xenophobic horseshit like he's getting paid by the insult -- will act in the best interests of the people, that he'll rely on the notion that the "order of law matters." There's more, including a pearl of wisdom about how "you might be the best fuckin' person on earth, but if you're hanging out with criminals who do bad things, that matters a lot" and something about illegal immigration being "a scam," but you get the picture here. If you think Donald Trump will be good for the country, you're self-evidently out to lunch. Elaborating on that opinion is sure to only provide confirmation beyond any doubt.
Roseanne's politics have always been a surreally internet-friendly mish-mash of fringe-left and fringe-right libertarian nonsense so fluid that they're difficult to truly pin down. Back in February of last year, after the students of U.C. Davis voted for a resolution that would stop the University of California system from investing in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation, she tweeted out that maybe all the Jews should leave U.C. Davis and the whole place should get nuked. Then of course there was her spectacularly batshit rant back in November of 2013 which took the form of an "Open Letter To Congress" posted on her personal website. That screed began with your average anti-NSA, pro-Constitutionalist hyperbole and quickly descended into a chaotic Gowanus Canal brain stew of paranoia and conspiracy theory.
The gist of the thing was that the Obama administration had conducted -- wait for it -- false flag terrorists attacks, like the Boston Marathon bombing, in order to take away people's Second Amendment rights. (If you're too young to remember the now rescinded Second Amendment, feel free to Google it.) As the seemingly cocaine-fueled, tin-foil hatted fever dream continued it made reference to Nazis and fascists and eventually led to a singular, and singularly insane, argument: that Congress was specifically being spied on by the Obama-era NSA and the information gleaned from that spying was being used to blackmail members of the legislative branch into doing Obama's bidding. Roseanne claimed Congress knew about all of this but wouldn't do anything about it.
Lest you think Roseanne was merely pulling this stuff out of thin air and it wasn't to be taken seriously, she provided, at the end of the screed, a full 41 pages of footnotes, most sourced to an Alex Jonesian conspiracist weirdo named Wayne Madsen. He's best known for being the guy who tried to convince the world that Barack Obama is gay, in addition to proffering standard stuff about 9/11 being an inside job and the CIA fixing elections. When we here at The Daily Banter wrote about Roseanne's rant and his role in it a couple of years back, he responded with a lengthy "report" that managed to get just about every single fact wrong about this site and the people who work for it, even easily verifiable ones. Madsen's story followed Roseanne's own maniacal response to us in the comment section of a separate piece. So, there's that.
Now, look, obviously Roseanne's issues are legendary and believe it or not, even being the obnoxious little shits that we are, we wouldn't call her out if we didn't feel like she was representative of a strain of politics and thought that does real damage these days. Roseanne sits perfectly atop that crumbling fence between the far-left and the far-right, a sliver of a no-man's-land where baseless paranoia and bonkers conspiracies foment and then transmit outward across the internet, jumping from one ignorant, ironically arrogant mind to the next. It's easy to joke that she's nuts, but she offers these fantastical views seemingly lucidly. She's wrong that Donald Trump would be anything less than a disaster for this country, but the twisted, confused worldview at the foundation of that opinion is the real problem. She's a "celebrity" voice that gives legitimacy to some of the most lunatic ideas lurking in the internet's basement.
In other words, yeah, she kind of deserves to answer for it. Because when it comes to Roseanne, the next batty rant could always be right around the corner.