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As Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood and his son, Scott Eastwood, get ready to face off at the box office for the first time — Clint in “Sully” and Scott in “Snowden” — both sat down with Esquire for their first interview together.
The wide-ranging conversation covered everything from their relationship with each other to their movie careers, but things got really interesting when the topic shifted to politics and, you guessed it, Donald Trump.
ESQUIRE: Your characters have become touchstones in the culture, whether it’s Reagan invoking “Make my day” or now Trump … I swear he’s even practiced your scowl.
CLINT EASTWOOD: Maybe. But he’s onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a pussy generation. 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. And then when I did “Gran Torino”, even my associate said, “This is a really good script, but it’s politically incorrect.” And I said, “Good. Let me read it tonight.” The next morning, I came in and I threw it on his desk and I said, “We’re starting this immediately.”
When asked what he thinks Trump is onto, the Oscar-winning actor responded, “What Trump is onto is he’s just saying what’s on his mind. 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.”
When asked if Eastwood is endorsing the Republican nominee, he was noncommittal.
“I haven’t endorsed anybody.” Eastwood said, “I haven’t talked to Trump. I haven’t talked to anybody. You know, he’s a racist now because he’s talked about this judge. 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. Just f*cking get over it. It’s a sad time in history.”
Back in December, Eastwood had said of Trump, “It’s an unusual thing he’s done so far. I think people are looking for somebody that’s outspoken and who isn’t afraid, and he seems to have a fearless attitude, he’s great.”
Esquire then shifted the conversation to Hillary Clinton:
“What about her?” Eastwood asked, “I mean, it’s a tough voice to listen to for four years. It could be a tough one. If she’s just gonna follow what we’ve been doing, then I wouldn’t be for her.”
The interviewer then asked, “But if the choice is between her and Trump, what do you do?”
Obviously this IS the choice, and THIS was Clint Eastwood’s answer:
“That’s a tough one, isn’t it? I’d have to go for Trump … 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. I gave up dough to be a politician. I’m sure that Ronald Reagan gave up dough to be a politician.”
Well, that’s good enough for me… welcome aboard the Trump Train, Clint!
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