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As someone who’s apparently only ever supported one political family, Hollywood actor Vince Vaughn doesn’t give a hoot about what left-wing critics have to say about him meeting, chatting with and shaking the hands of President Donald Trump.
The fact is that Vaughn has never been much of a political guy, save for the times he supported Ron Paul and reportedly Rand Paul as well.
“The only candidate I ever supported is [former Libertarian presidential nominee] Ron Paul. … I don’t have a party that I support and endorse,” he admitted this week in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“In fact, for me sometimes it’s difficult to find a candidate that you feel is philosophically consistent and not just going along with whoever is funding their particular party. That’s as much as I’ll get into it at this point.”
According to reports, besides supporting Ron Paul in the 2008 and 2012 elections, he allegedly also supported Paul’s son, Rand Paul, in the 2016 race.
Regardless, because of left-wing rage, Vaughn wound up being dragged into the political realm anyway last January when he ran into and briefly spoke with the president at the LSU-Clemson national championship college football game.
The reaction at the time was fierce and unhinged.
Look (*Language warning):
The worst part of this is how excited Vince Vaughn is to yak it up with a Nazi nitwit. I’d love to be a bored fly on the wall. https://t.co/KBxb0BvYLA
— Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) January 14, 2020
Vince Vaughn had the chance to stand up to a rapist, traitor, and child murderer, and instead he enthusiastically shook Donald Trump’s hand. Fuck em both.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) January 14, 2020
No, I’m not gonna “give Vince Vaughn a break.” There are two sides. America’s side, and Trump’s side. You can’t be on both. Vaughn chose to be on the wrong side of history, joining the dwindling crowd of unhinged Trump cult members. All sane Americans will never ever forget that.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 14, 2020
well , i guess i’ll not watch his stuff any longer , was never a fan anyway
— Frank 🇺🇸 🌊🌊🌊 (@franriz3742) January 14, 2020
This is like that guy you think seems pretty nice who turns out to be the killer
— Ulrika Campbell (@UlrikaCampbell) January 14, 2020
Not a fan anymore!
— 💥Andrea💥 (@Tao_30) January 14, 2020
A spokesperson for the actor released a statement at the time explaining away the meeting by saying he “was introduced briefly to the president and first Lady.”
Vince Vaughn’s rep on his meeting w/ Trump: “He has a friend on the New Orleans Saints who invited him to the game. He’s been to previous LSU games and was introduced briefly to the president and first Lady. Simple as that.”
— Ted Johnson (@tedstew) January 14, 2020
Speaking with the Times this week, however, Vaughn had a bit more to say.
“I think people are more charged than ever about these things, but I don’t think most people take that stuff as seriously as the small percentage that’s making noise about it,” he said to the Times.
“I was raised with the idea that you could have different likes and beliefs and you should respect and defend that in other people, not shout it down. The people you disagree with the most, you should stand up for their right to do that.”
The problem is that there seems to be more than just a “small percentage” of people who lose their minds over such matters.
A survey of 1004 college-aged students conducted last year found that 59 percent supported rewriting the First Amendment to outlaw so-called “hate speech.”
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👉 POLL: Young Americans support jail, rewriting First Amendment to go stronger on ‘hate speech’ https://t.co/GdIyrSSs1L
— ❌nuuzfeed (@nuuzfeed) October 26, 2019
These are the same sorts of people who’d likely eagerly accuse Vaughn of being a “Nazi” if they knew how strongly he supports freedom and liberty.
In fact, a new round of backlash against him has already begun to erupt.
Look: (** Language warning)
fuck Vince Vaughn and every other person that keeps trying to run that “respect ppl with different beliefs.” your belief is rooted in hatred. i will never respect that shit.
— Greenleaf (@southpnw) November 14, 2020
Vince Vaughn in an interview defending his exchange with 45*:
“I was raised with the idea that you could have different likes and beliefs and you should respect and defend that in other people.”
No. You do not have to respect & defend white supremacy, sexual assault and treason.
— Deb WARRIOR WOMAN Farmer 🇺🇸 (@realdebfarmer) November 13, 2020
Fuck this! The “other people” referred to here do not not have defensible beliefs, do not have respectable beliefs, are themselves not worthy of respect, nor worthy of defense!
— Bud (@BudGothmog44) November 13, 2020
Different beliefs like whether some people are human?! That’s not something respect.
— The Doctor (@Drstevenhobbs) November 13, 2020
Gross. Won’t be watching any Vince Vaughn flicks anymore. https://t.co/nZFiPv6R7Q
— Bear of the River (@BearoftheRiver1) November 13, 2020
Fuck Vince Vaughn, Ron Paul and the orange clown. All in the same boat https://t.co/CKsp4fMt4O
— Elon Must (@JockOfAllTrades) November 13, 2020
It’s as if these people have no idea what it means to be hateful, let alone a Nazi. They sit there smugly labeling other people “not human” and claiming that those with opposing ideas aren’t “fit for polite society.” Yet they profess to be the tolerant, loving ones.
According to Northwestern University arts and humanities professor Gary Saul Morson, the liberal Marxists who committed untold acts of “radical intolerance and violence” during the Russian Revolutions in the early 1900s had thought the same thing about themselves.
“Socialized to regard anything conservative as reprehensible—and still worse, as a social faux pas—they contrived ways to justify radical intolerance and violence as forced, understandable, and noble,” he notes in the latest issue of “First Things” journal.
“They had to, since the fundamental emotional premise of liberalism—hostility to those ignorant, bigoted, morally depraved people on the right—almost always proved more compelling than professed intellectual commitments.”
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