The 2016 presidential election has been an especially trying process, because we’ve had to go through all of the “damn emails” and the ejected babies without one of the nation’s finest sources for political commentary: Parks And Recreation. Fortunately, Parks And Recreation creator Michael Schur is still around, and doubly fortunately, he’s currently giving interviews about his upcoming NBC show, The Good Place.
Speaking with The A.V. Club at the Television Critics Association press tour, Schur said Leslie “would’ve cried for days and days and days and been so happy” in the wake of Clinton accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination. “She also would’ve pressed really hard to move the platform to the left, I imagine. She would be out campaigning like a mofo. She would be 100 percent supportive—and I think that would’ve been true of a number of potential candidates for that position, but Hillary most of all.”
When Joe Biden was still a prospective candidate for the highest office in the land, HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall asked Schur if Leslie would’ve eschewed Clinton for her No. 1 political crush. Nearly a year later, Schur says, “I think I ended up going with Hillary just for the simple fact of wanting a woman—she has a daughter in the future, she would want to point to the TV and say, ‘Look, you can be the president.’ But Hillary v. Biden would’ve been a walking nightmare for Leslie.”
And what of the specter of the mythical Bernie Bro? “There’s a lot of what Bernie Sanders stands for that she would agree with. I think she would’ve been like, ‘Guys, be a little more respectful.’”