Although Roseanne Barr and her TV character may be disappointingly pro-Trump, out entertainer Sandra Bernard remains as refreshingly liberal and progressive as ever. Bernhard, who has reprised her role as Nancy in ABC’s hit revival of Roseanne, chatted with MSNBC’s Ari Melber about the controversial reboot of the sitcom, which was beloved for groundbreaking moments like like the title character’s kiss with Mariel Hemingway and a multitude of LGBTQ characters including Bernhard’s. The series made a huge debut, garnering 10 percent more viewers that watched the finale of the original series 21 years ago. Still, it has been controversial with many fans due to Roseanne’s bizarre love of the 45th president.
Bernhard seems as perplexed as all of us at how women can support someone like Trump, whose sexism and misogyny have been well documented. She speculates that some female Trump voters must have felt “inadequate” when they compared themselves to someone as intelligent and informed as Hillary Clinton. “How can somebody who brought themselves up from their experience and gone to the top? Educated herself, fought for rights, civil rights, and equality. And I think that is threatening to a lot of women.”
Melber asked for some clarification and wondered if Bernhard meant that women were threatened because of the deals they’ve made in their lives.
“Yes, a lot of women have compromised, given in, raised their kids and not had the luxury of being able to think for themselves,” she stated. “And when you sacrifice that in your life and say I don’t think I’m going to lean on somebody else financially that means you’ve got to get up every day and go work. I am not saying that none of these women work. Of course they do. But you also — there’s just those little gradations of how you look at other women and the sort of feeling you have of inadequacy.”
Watch Sandy’s interview below.