In an interview with Esquire that was published on Wednesday, Clint Eastwood said that, given the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, he chooses Donald Trump.
Eastwood told Esquire, “I’d have to go for Trump … you know, ’cause [Clinton]’s declared that she’d gonna follow in Obama’s footsteps.”
When asked directly what he thinks of Hillary Clinton, Eastwood said, “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.”
Eastwood also does not support Clinton because of the money she has received from wealthy special interest groups.
“She’s made a lot of dough out of a being a politician,” he said. “I gave up dough to be a politician. I’m sure that Ronald Reagan gave up dough to be a politician.”
Eastwood served as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California from 1986-88. Eastwood has described himself as having Libertarian views, and, according to his website, the reason he decided to run for mayor was because he felt he was being mistreated by the city’s administration.
The actor also had plenty to say about Trump’s bluntness. He expressed frustration with the current emphasis placed on political correctness in the United States, and he argued that other people are getting tired of being politically correct as well.
‘He’s onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up.’
He went on to describe the current time period as a “kiss-ass generation” and a “p*ssy generation.”
Eastwood is clearly among the ranks of those who admire the fact that Trump speaks his mind. Eastwood did clarify that, although he appreciates the Republican nominee’s willingness to say whatever pops into his head, he does not always agree with Trump’s statements.
‘Sometimes it’s not so good…I mean, I can understand where he’s coming from but I don’t always agree with it.’
Although he would choose Trump over Clinton, Eastwood has not endorsed the Republican nominee.
‘I haven’t endorsed anybody. I haven’t talked to Trump. I haven’t talked to anybody.’
Eastwood doesn’t seem particularly thrilled with Trump, and he clearly is not impressed by Hillary Clinton. He feels both candidates have said “a lot of dumb things.”
Clint Eastwood is no stranger to the world of politics, and he is definitely no stranger to criticizing politicians. In 2012, he spoke at the Republican National Convention, and he made headlines when he addressed an empty chair to make a point about President Obama’s absence.
During his convention speech, Eastwood “asked” Obama about many things, including unemployment in the United States and his support for the war in Afghanistan.
When questioned about his actions at the convention, Eastwood said he was inspired by the lyrics of a Neil Diamond song titled “I Am … I Said.” The lyrics in question read, “And no one heard at all / Not even the chair.”
Eastwood then further explained his thoughts about President Obama, bring up the idea of a “p*ssy generation” once more.
‘He doesn’t go to work. He doesn’t go down to Congress and make a deal. What the hell’s he doing sitting in the White House? If I were in that job, I’d get down there and make a deal. Sure, Congress are lazy bastards, but so what? You’re the top guy. You’re the president of the company. It’s your responsibility to make sure everybody does well. It’s the same with every company in this country, whether it’s a two-man company or a two-hundred-man company… . And that’s the pussy generation—nobody wants to work.’
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