Sitcom Characters Who Would Probably Support Trump
When Roseanne returned to television after 20 years, audiences were surprised to find that its lead character voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
The show’s ratings have been so phenomenal that we’ll inevitably be seeing more TV revivals in the future. And more will probably try to be politically relevant since that worked so well for Roseanne. So this got some people — especially BuzzFeed’s David Mack — thinking: if other sitcoms return, which characters might have voted for Trump?
Here’s a look at characters from all sorts of sitcoms we think would likely support Trump.
1. Alex P. Keaton — Family Ties
We’ll start with an easy one: Alex P. Keaton, the famously conservative character played by Michael J. Fox on the classic sitcom Family Ties. Alex isn’t a character whose political beliefs are mentioned once or twice here and there. No, it’s a key part of his character and the storyline of the entire show.
He’s a Reagan-worshipping, briefcase-carrying Republican teenager in a suit and tie who espouses the benefits of supply-side economics and keeps a portrait of Richard Nixon by his bedside. In one scene, he tells a class of kids that taxes are liberal monsters that can only be defeated by voting Republican.
Trump might not have been Keaton’s first choice in the 2016 Republican primary. But when Nov. 8, 2016, came, it’s difficult to imagine him voting for anyone else.
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2. Jack Donaghy — 30 Rock
Ironically, the character Alec Baldwin most famously played before his stint on Saturday Night Live would definitely be a Trump supporter. Jack Donaghy, Liz Lemon’s boss on NBC’s 30 Rock, is a right-wing blowhard who even worked in the George W. Bush administration at one point, and his political beliefs align pretty closely with Trump’s.
There’s even an episode in Season 2 in which Jack is concerned that the Republican Party doesn’t have any celebrities backing it, so he gets Tracy Jordan to star in an ad in which he promises to build a “200-foot high wall to keep Mexico out.” In another episode, when Jack is planning to leave NBC for politics, he says that he wants to “make this country great again.”
Needless to say, Jack would be all about Trump, with Trump’s career in television being a nice bonus. Trump would likely even be Jack’s first choice in the Republican primary.
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3. Ron Swanson — Parks and Recreation
There’s been a lot of debate among Parks and Recreation fans about how Ron Swanson would have voted in 2016. Just because he has conservative-leaning beliefs doesn’t necessarily guarantee he’d be for Trump.
On the one hand, Ron definitely wouldn’t approve of Trump’s demeaning comments about women. He also wouldn’t be happy with his multiple bankruptcies. For this reason, Nick Offerman has suggested that Ron wouldn’t vote Trump.
But there’s another factor to consider here: Beyond the specific libertarian policies that Ron supports, the driving force of his whole life is that he hates government. He repeatedly takes glee throughout the series when bureaucratic tasks are brought to a halt. If he could, he’d burn it all to the ground.
So Ron probably would not be the biggest fan of Trump, but he’d vote for him for the same reason you might want to unleash a bull in a china shop.
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4. Pierce Hawthorne — Community
Pierce Hawthorne’s politics don’t really come up that much in Community, although he does say in one episode that “in my day, Friday night was smoke a doobie, feel up a gal, and get your teeth knocked out by a Republican.”
But Pierce is notorious throughout the series for making offensive, out-of-touch, often racist remarks, like referring to Abed as “Abed the Arab” or thinking that Shirley and Troy have to be related since they’re both black. He’s constantly laughing at his own outrageous statements and seems to take a lot of joy in the fact that they shock everyone else.
So Pierce would probably be one of those voters who backs Trump because he likes the fact that Trump says whatever is on his mind and isn’t politically correct. And if you think Pierce would be above casting a vote just to annoy people, let’s not forget the episode where he literally ran for campus president just to humiliate Vicki in public because she wouldn’t loan him a pencil.
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5. Archie Bunker — All in the Family
It may seem like an obvious one, but we simply can’t fail to mention the most famously right-wing TV character of all time: Archie Bunker from All in the Family.
All throughout the classic series, Archie is portrayed as being a “lovable bigot,” who has conservative-leaning, often racist ideas that contrast with his son’s liberal views. He seems to be prejudiced against basically any group other than white males. He also rants about how Democrats are ruining the country.
There have actually been times when things Archie has said were fairly similar to real Trump statements or proposals. When Trump suggested arming teachers to prevent school shootings, this called to mind an episode where Archie proposed arming all passengers on flights to prevent hijackings. Needless to say, Archie would certainly be a Trump voter.
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6. Red Forman — That ’70s Show
The main character’s father from That ’70s Show, Red Forman is established as being a Republican in the series. Forman also tends to be fairly xenophobic and have a negative gut reaction to anything or anyone not from America; he gets upset at the mere sight of cars that were not made in the United States. And, of course, he hates communists. He’d definitely find Trump’s patriotic, at times xenophobic, rhetoric to be appealing.
There’s also the fact that Forman is a retired factory worker from Wisconsin. That fact alone, plus all of his pre-existing conservative tendencies, suggests that Trump would get his vote. Heck, he might support Trump just because of that time he called Bill Maher a dumbass.
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7. Lucille Bluth — Arrested Development
In Arrested Development, Lucille Bluth is, hilariously, an out-of-touch, stuck-up rich snob. But the show also does give us some glimpses into her political opinions. One episode, for instance, establishes that Lucille owns a Bush/Cheney 2000 sweater. At one point, she says of Hispanics, “They didn’t sneak into this country to be your friends.”
In another episode, when the Bluth Company tries to build a wall on the Mexico-U.S. border, she says, “It’s to separate the U.S. and Mexico, to keep out the immigrants, which was my idea!” Lucille and Trump are enough alike that there are dozens of quizzes online where the goal is to identify which person said a given quote.
Arrested Development is actually just on a long hiatus right now and hasn’t ended yet. So be prepared to see Lucille donning a Make America Great Again hat in the upcoming fifth season.
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