Clint Eastwood and Blake Shelton are two of the biggest celebrities to say something positive about divisive presidential hopeful Donald Trump. They didn’t support the candidate by singing his praises at the Republican National Convention like actors Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato, Jr. did, but Eastwood and Shelton have both said that they find Trump’s lack of a filter refreshing. So, will the cowboy actor and the country singer actually consider voting for the billionaire businessman this November?
During his recent interview with Esquire, Clint Eastwood complained about what he calls “the kiss-a*s generation.” The 86-year-old actor argued that the positive response to Donald Trump’s politically incorrect rhetoric is proof that he’s doing something right.
“But he’s onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-a*s generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a pussy generation.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Blake Shelton said something similar about Donald Trump during his recent interview with Billboard. The country singer seemingly believes that Trump and his supporters aren’t the “crazy” ones; those speaking out against the Trump campaign are.
“Whether you love him or hate him, he says what he thinks, and he has proven that you don’t always have to be so afraid,” Shelton said. “A lot of people are pulling for him, no matter how much Hollywood fights it. I see people who don’t like him go and beat up people that do like him. You tell me, who’s crazy here?”
Such a fantastic read on the charismatic Blake Shelton (and no, he didn’t endorse Trump) https://t.co/7dUFalfBbz pic.twitter.com/LHtGnVkD1Q
— Janice Min (@janicemin) July 29, 2016
The country singer has made it clear that his comments about Donald Trump are not an endorsement, and he has not revealed who he is voting for. Clint Eastwood also says that he’s not endorsing the GOP nominee at this time. However, like Shelton, Eastwood thinks that people need to lay off Trump and his supporters, and he seems particularly annoyed that the GOP nominee and those who share his views are being labeled racist. During his Esquire interview, the Gran Torino director reminisced about the days when no one had to worry about being called out for making offensive comments about Muslims or Mexican immigrants.
“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.”
Clint Eastwood conceded that some of Trump’s comments about race are “dumb,” but he doesn’t think it’s fair that Trump is being called a racist because of his remarks about the ethnicity of the judge presiding over two lawsuits against Trump University. As the Wall Street Journal reports, Trump claimed that the “Mexican heritage” of federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel was a “conflict of interest” because Trump “is building a wall.”
“You know, he’s a racist now because he’s talked about this judge,” Eastwood mockingly said of the label. “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.”
Republicans who concede Trump is racist, but should be president anyway, are making a profound and novel admission https://t.co/xQneRii1FA
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) August 1, 2016
Eastwood also believes that the press is making too big of a deal out of the words spoken by the subject of The Art of the Deal.
“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**king get over it. It’s a sad time in history.”
While Eastwood might not be a fan of political correctness, he says that the next president of the United States should “start being more understanding of everybody—instead of calling everybody names, start being more understanding.”
Blake Shelton tweeted his admiration of Clint Eastwood’s attempt to get a Republican in the White House four years ago when the Unforgiven actor talked to an empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Eastwood hasn’t expressed an interest in lecturing furniture for Trump, but he does say that he’d vote for the Celebrity Apprentice star over Hillary Clinton.
“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,” Clint Eastwood said when he was asked to choose between Clinton and Trump.
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