Ratings for the “Roseanne” reboot soared, and Trump is obviously taking credit for it.
He recently stated, “Even look at Roseanne — I called her yesterday — look at her ratings, looking at her ratings! I got a call from Mark Burnett he did “The Apprentice,” he’s a great guy. He said, ‘Donald, I called just to say hello, and to tell you, did you see Roseanne’s ratings?’ I said, ‘Mark, how big were they?’ ‘They were unbelievable! Over 18 million people!’ And it was about us!'”
18.2 million viewers tuned in to the “Roseanne” premiere to catch up with the fictional, blue-collar Conner family. Roseanne Barr and her character are pro-Trump, but contrary to Trump’s suggestion the show tackles controversial issues from both sides, including 2nd Amendment rights, healthcare, sexuality and gender identity.
Meanwhile, Roseanne has been deleting her more controversial tweets, which promoted far-right conspiracy theories and offensive remarks. Most recently she suggested Parkland survivor David Hogg was giving a “Nazi salute,” but that tweet has also been deleted.
Media commentators are now using her show’s ratings to rehash a false narrative about Trump and the working class. But, in fact, most working-class voters didn’t vote for Trump — Americans making under $50,000 backed Hillary Clinton 52-41.