Thursday, 4 August 2016
Clint Eastwood: 'I’d have to go for Trump'
He isn’t breaking out his chair again, but Clint Eastwood has something to say about this election.
Trump racked up support from the actor and director, though not an official endorsement. Eastwood told Esquire that if he had to pick between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, “I’d have to go for Trump."
He continued, criticizing Hillary Clinton, “You know, 'cause she's declared that she's gonna follow in Obama's footsteps. There's been just too much funny business on both sides of the aisle. She's made a lot of dough out of being a politician."
Eastwood is no stranger to politics. He made headlines for interviewing an empty chair representing President Obama during the 2012 Republican National Convention and even served as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
As for Trump’s controversial campaign?
“He's just saying what's on his mind,” Eastwood told Esquire. "And sometimes it's not so good. And sometimes it's … I mean, I can understand where he's coming from, but I don't always agree with it."
Eastwood says that Trump’s candidness is refreshing.
“Secretly everybody's getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That's the kiss-ass generation we're in right now,” he told Esquire. "Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren't called racist."
Eastwood then brought up one of the more controversial moments in Trump's campaign.
Trump criticizes a federal judge hearing a fraud lawsuit against the now-shuttered Trump University, saying his "Mexican heritage" makes him biased against a candidate who has criticized illegal immigration from Mexico.
"You know, he's a racist now because he's talked about this judge," Eastwood said. "And yeah, it's a dumb thing to say. I mean, to predicate your opinion on the fact that the guy was born to Mexican parents or something. He's said a lot of dumb things. So have all of them. Both sides. But everybody—the press and everybody's going, 'Oh, well, that's racist,' and they're making a big hoodoo out of it."
If Clint Eastwood had to write a stump speech for this election? "Knock it off. Knock everything off."