Stormy Reality Trumps ‘Roseanne’ Fiction

In an interview with The New York Times published Tuesday, Ms. Barr said that she decided to turn her character, Roseanne Conner, into a Trump supporter because she felt it was an “accurate portrayal” of the political preferences of many working-class Americans. “I just wanted to have that dialogue about families torn apart by the election and their political differences of opinion and how we handle it,” she said. “I thought that this was an important thing to say at this time.” – Maggie Haberman and Patrick Healy [New York Times]

IN THE last months of the 2016 election, a senior Trump campaign aide, Rick Gates, knew the man with whom he’d been in communication was connected to Russian intelligence and the GRU.

Paul Manafort, who was Gates’s boss, isn’t cooperating because he prefers to wait for his pardon, unlike Gates.

There is, however, no longer doubt there was a direct connection between the top echelon of the Trump campaign and Russian actors inside Putin’s intelligence arm. It’s the first time in U.S. history a presidential campaign chose to conspire with our adversary, Russia.

Much of the audience of “Roseanne” doesn’t follow the legal shenanigans special counsel Robert Mueller has unearthed. When 18 million viewers tune in to a reboot of an old comedy you can bet people in Hollywood will pay attention.

The show revolves around two sides of one family: pro-Trump and pro-Hillary. The latter now morphed into anti-Trump and resistance. Families across the country live out this divide.

“60 Minutes” featured Stormy Daniels telling her story about President ‘Spanky,” Trump’s pejorative nickname that he earned through his behavior. The ratings for Ms. Daniels was 20 million and the largest audience for the news show in 10 years.

It’s Stormy reality versus “Roseanne” fantasy.

One woman is fighting for her own voice against brutish thuggery of men in power.

Another woman depicts the microcosm of the Trump era inside a family.

“Roseanne” holds on to the fiction that President Spanky shouldn’t be taken literally.

Stormy has seen Trump on his knees, pants around his ankles, with his bare ass hanging out for a swat from her.

Neither is fake news.

Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign has been tied to at least one person from Russian intelligence. He can applaud “Roseanne,” which is highly entertaining. But outside this fictional sitcom, from Stormy to conspiring with Russians, there is no place President Spanky can hide.