Matthew McConaughey strongly suggested he would consider running for governor of Texas if he thought it was something enough residents were open to and if he believed it would make a difference in the current partisan political climate.
During a recent interview with Rania Mankarious of “The Balanced Voice” podcast, the Oscar-winning actor was discussing his roles as a parent of three and a University of Texas professor when he pondered what might come next in his life.
“And I’m looking into now, what is my leadership role?” McConaughey, 51, said. “Because I do think I have some things to teach and share.
“What is my role, what is my category in my next chapter of life that I’m going into now?” McConaughey continued.
Mankarious responded by noting that Texans would be “very happy” to have the actor as their governor.
“It’s a true consideration,” McConaughey said.
GOP Gov. Greg Abbott is up for reelection in 2022.
The actor also indicated he may be open to a gubernatorial bid during a November interview with conservative talk host Hugh Hewitt.
“You’re kind of center-right in the view of people. … You could be governor of Texas. You ever going to run for anything?” Hewitt asked.
“I don’t know. I mean, that wouldn’t be up to me,” McConaughey, star of the “Dallas Buyers Club,” said. “It would be up to the people more than it would me.”
“I would say this,” he explained further. “Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.
Hewitt then asked what McConaughey would do were he to be the “brand ambassador” for the U.S. and what he could “recommend that both Republicans and Democrats could get behind.”
“I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again, no matter what side of the aisle. We have broken those social constructs. We don’t trust each other, and that leads to us not trusting ourselves. If that becomes epidemic, then we’ve got anarchy,” the actor said.
“So I’m all for the individual, but I think to make collective change, the individual has to look in the mirror and say how can I be a little bit better today. How can the selfish decision I want to make for myself correlate but also be the decision that’s best for the most amount of people?” McConaughey continued.
Earlier, the actor cast aspersions at the “illiberalism” he sees seeping through American culture while pushing back on leftist ideas like defunding police.
“We’re making people persona non grata because of something they do that is right now deemed wrong or it’s the hot point in a hot topic right now,” McConaughey told top podcaster Joe Rogan, who recently relocated to Texas from California.
“You can’t erase someone’s entire existence. Where the heck does some forgiveness go?” the actor asked after touting his Christian faith.
“Some people in our industry, not all them, but there’s some that go to the left so far…that go to the illiberal left side so far, that is so condescending and patronizing to 50 percent of the world that need the empathy that the liberals’ side gives and should give,” he added. “To throw somebody, to illegitimize them because they say they are a believer is just so arrogant, and in some ways hypocritical to me.”
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