- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 9, 2016

Comedian and former presidential candidate Roseanne Barr shared her thoughts on the 2016 race, saying the U.S. would be “lucky” to elect a President Donald Trump “because then it wouldn’t be” Hillary Clinton.

Ms. Barr, featured in the new documentary “Roseanne For President!” that hits theaters next month, told The Hollywood Reporter that the U.S. election system is “fixed” and that she at least respects Mr. Trump for financing his own campaign.

“I think we would be so lucky if Trump won. Because then it wouldn’t be Hillary,” the actress said. “She’s friends with everybody that gives her any [expletive] money. The fact is, you don’t get to be the nominee without taking a lot of dirty money. You might be the best [expletive] person on earth, but if you’re hanging out with criminals who do bad things, that matters a lot.

“I like Trump because he financed his own [campaign],” Ms. Barr continued. “That’s the only way he could’ve gotten that nomination. Because nobody wants a president who isn’t from Yale and Harvard and in the club. ‘Cause it’s all about distribution. When you’re in the club, you’ve got people that you sell to. That’s how money changes hands, that’s how business works.

“[Americans] say they believe that people should take money out of politics and then, you know, they send their paycheck to Bernie and off he goes to hang out with the pope on a private jet on that money. The [expletive] Pope, are you [expletive] me?! And nobody just gives you money, they’re not like, ‘Here’s three million, you look good, your hair is nice.’ No. It’s like, ‘Hey, I’m giving you this money so you can pimp my products when it comes time.’”

She added that Mr. Sanders is “kind of running on war.”

Ms. Barr, who ran for president in 2012, first as a Green Party candidate and then as the Peace and Freedom Party nominee, said Hillary Clinton does the “opposite of what she says.”

“Where are the women’s rights?” Ms. Barr asked. “She talks about women’s rights, but I’m not sure that she acts in that interest.”

She said she appreciated Mr. Trump for his overall stance on illegal immigration.

“To me, he’s saying that the order of law matters,” she said. “When a president can just pass laws all on his own, that is a little bit different than what America was supposed to be about. And Trump is saying people will have to be vetted, we’ll have to have legal immigration. It’s all a scam. I mean, illegal immigration. When people come here and they get a lot of benefits that our own veterans don’t get. What’s up with that?”

Asked if she would still consider herself a feminist, Ms. Barr argued in favor of coming up with another word for the women’s movement.

“You wonder if you should even use the F word anymore,” she told THR. “And maybe we shouldn’t. Maybe we should just let it go because a new word is needed and always in a revolution you need to update. You can’t use dusty old terms that have lost their meaning and become co-opted and a canned rhetoric. It’s time for a new word and it’ll come ‘cause it always comes when it’s most needed.”

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