John Wayne’s son defends legendary actor from Dem crusade demanding to rename airport that bears his moniker

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With the backing of the Democratic Party and much of the media, no one is safe from the emboldened rage mob out to whitewash the American culture.

Not even “The Duke.”

Legendary actor John Wayne, who passed away in 1979, is in the news after radical Democrats in Orange County, California, are calling for the renaming of the airport named after him.

His son, Ethan Wayne, was quick to come to his father’s defense after Orange County passed a resolution calling for the renaming of John Wayne Airport because of the late actor’s “white supremacist, anti-LGBT, and anti-Indigenous views.”

“Let me make one thing clear — John Wayne was not a racist. I know that term is casually tossed around these days, but I take it very seriously. I also understand how we got to this point,” Ethan Wayne said in a statement, according to Fox News.

At issue is a 1971 Playboy interview, in which the actor said: “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”

“There is no question that the words spoken by John Wayne in an interview 50 years ago have caused pain and anger,” Ethan said. “They pained him as well, as he realized his true feelings were wrongly conveyed.”

“The truth is, as we have seen in papers from his archives, he did not support ‘white supremacy’ in any way and believed responsible people should gain power without the use of violence,” he added.

Ethan said it “would be an injustice” to judge his father on a single interview.

“Those who knew him, knew he judged everyone as an individual and believed everyone deserved an equal opportunity,” he said. “He called out bigotry when he saw it. He hired and worked with people of all races, creeds, and sexual orientations. John Wayne stood for the very best for all of us — a society that doesn’t discriminate against anyone seeking the American dream.”

The cultural revolution playing out in our streets, where even George Washington is attacked, has little to do with racial justice and more to do with hating America. In addition to being a Republican, John Wayne embodied the wholesome image of what it means to be an American and all the good that encompasses, which makes him an easy target for hard-left Democrats.

“One thing we know – if John Wayne were here today, he would be in the forefront demanding fairness and justice for all people,” Ethan said. “He would have pulled those officers off of George Floyd, because that was the right thing to do. He would stand for everyone’s right to protest and work toward change.”

In an interview with CBS Los Angeles, Ethan said, “My father wasn’t perfect. I’m not perfect, nobody is.”

The son repeated his take on what his father would have done in regard to Floyd.

“We can all grow, and I hope that real change comes out of these situations that we’ve been facing,” he said. “But if John Wayne was there when that policeman was kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, you can bet that John Wayne would have pulled him off. He would have stepped in and done the right thing, because that’s who he was and represented.”

The airport has previously said it has no plans to change the name or remove a statue of Wayne, but it remains to be seen if the facility can hold up to the pressure from the rage mob. It’s possible that renaming the airport could be a fall ballot initiative.

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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