In case you wondered who finished sixth in the last presidential election, rest easy: It was Roseanne Barr.
Running on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket — Barr’s first choice, the Green Party, went with Jill Stein — the creator of the 1988-97 sitcom “Roseanne” drummed up more than 61,000 votes. Her impassioned, if loopy, campaign is chronicled along with many a TV clip in “Roseanne for President!” out Friday.
Speaking to The Post from LA, the 63-year-old mother of five explains why she ran, what she saw in the young George Clooney, and what she has against Hillary Clinton.
Who was the last presidential candidate you happily voted for?
Anderson. I can’t remember his first name now, but I liked him. He was an independent voice that wasn’t owned or tarnished. [Congressman John Anderson of Illinois ran as an independent in 1980.]
Was 2012’s race your first campaign?
I ran for class president when I was a teenager. I came in third so I served as secretary. [My platform] was the same as it is now: Power needs to listen to the governed.
You took a bigger risk this time.
Like the Chinese say, “The nail that stands up gets hammered down.” There’s been an element of danger in saying anything, really. I didn’t want to be like Green Party candidate Ralph Nader — they blamed the whole failure of hanging chads on him [during the 2000 election]. Once I got on the ballot in Florida, I thought, “Am I gonna get Naderized here?”
Your platform consisted mostly of ending all wars and legalizing marijuana. How much do you smoke, and is it legal in LA?
It is if you have a prescription, which I do. I don’t smoke a lot anymore. I’m old. My drug of choice is Ex-Lax.
Is it true you favor Donald Trump?
No! I was saying that Clinton knows how to use the press to demonize her opponents — she did it to Bernie and now she’s doing it to Trump. She has it in her pocket. In this country, you’re not allowed to say anything but “Hillary, Hillary, Hillary,” or you’re called xenophobic or racist. Even though she’s a woman, I don’t give a s–t. I’m the only one I know who isn’t bought: I don’t work for the Arabs, or the Chinese. I work for me and for people like me who do the work that makes everything go … All these representatives represent the people who paid them. They should be thrown out and we should reboot the whole thing, from the Electoral College on down. The left and the right are two sides of the same coin. Until people take the reins of this democracy themselves, [they’re] going to get poor and poorer …
That’s pretty sobering. Is there still room in your life for comedy?
Yeah, I’m doing stand-up. Everything is ridiculous. You used to have to dig for a joke, but Jesus, there it is, right in front of you.