Even though Matt Damon’s main task at the New York Comic-Con was to promote and amp up his upcoming film The Great Wall, when the opportunity arose to have a dig at Donald Trump the actor couldn’t resist it.
The Great Wall is, unsurprisingly, set at the Great Wall of China around 1,000 years ago. The panel’s moderator Dave Karger decided to jokingly make a reference to how timely a subject matter it is considering that the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump previously insisted that, if he’s elected, he will build a wall between Mexico and the United States Of America, which he will make Mexico pay for.
Karger said to The Great Wall’s director Zhang Yimou, “In this country right now, the concept of building a large wall to keep out an unwanted element is very timely. What has it been like to see those parallels?” Karger’s remarks provoked great roar of laughter from the crowd, but before Zhang Yimou had a chance to provide an answer Matt Damon cut in with, “That’s a different movie.”
Because of Karger’s question, Damon decided that it was suddenly the perfect opportunity to reveal the text message that he’d received that morning from his father, which not only wished him a happy birthday (Damon turned 46 on Saturday) but also included an attack on Trump, too.
Damon remarked, “I just got a text from my dad: ‘Happy birthday, my boy. My present to you is a reminder that this time next month we’ll be able to kiss Trump goodbye. Doubt you’ll get a better one.” This lead to another huge cheer from the crowd. But Damon wasn’t done as he added, “Although if he does get elected, we might have to worry Mexico will build a wall to keep him out.”
Matt Damon has always made it clear that his political affiliation is with the Democrats. Famously back in 2008, he spoke to the Associated Press about how absurd it was that Sarah Palin had been named as John McCain’s running mate.
At the time, Damon remarked, “I think there’s a really good chance that Sarah Palin could be President and I think that’s a really scary thing because I don’t know anything about her. I think in eight weeks, I’m not going to know anything about her. I know that she was a mayor of a really small town, and she was Governor of Alaska for less than two years. I just don’t understand.”
Damon went on to insist that “in terms of governance” the appointment of Sarah Palin was a “disaster,” before declaring, “It’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don’t understand why most people aren’t talking about how absurd it is. It’s a terrifying possibility… I need to know if she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. I want to know that. I really do – because she’s going to have the nuclear codes.”
But Matt Damon hasn’t just restricted his opposition to the Republican party, as he also took aim at President Barack Obama’s first term in office. According to BET, back in 2013 Damon remarked, “I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.’ You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.”
Despite Matt Damon’s comments regarding Barack Obama, he still ended up voting for him for a second term, while his comments regarding Donald Trump make it pretty clear that he’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton at the start of next month.
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