On the screen, Clint Eastwood is seen as a man as tough as nails, and has a knack for telling it like it is, regardless of whose feelings it hurts.
Off the screen, Eastwood is similar to the characters he plays — and one of the few members of Hollywood’s elite who considers himself a Republican and a conservative.
That’s pretty rare and threatening considering how most of Hollywood is radically “liberal.” Speaking out against the liberal circles in Hollywood can land you in hot water, and jeopardize your career.
But Clint Eastwood doesn’t care.
And that’s exactly why he’s sticking to his guns and pledging to vote for Republican nominee for President of the United States, Donald Trump.
In a recently published interview, Eastwood said, “What Trump is onto is he’s just saying what’s on his mind.”
Like Eastwood’s stance against Hollywood liberals, the fact that Trump speaks his mind is also rare in national politics, where politicians say anything and everything to pander for votes.
But there are consequences for what you say, as Eastwood explained, “And sometimes it’s not so good. And sometimes it’s, I mean, I can understand where he’s coming from, but I don’t always agree with it.”
Eastwood, however, is looking past some of his disagreements with Donald Trump and supporting him anyway.
But the Hollywood director and actor isn’t ready to endorse the Republican nominee just yet.
“I haven’t endorsed anybody,” Eastwood said.
But Eastwood did say that, while Trump says “a lot of dumb things,” he’s fed up with the liberal mainstream media always crying “racist,” no matter who the Republican nominee for president is.
In the case of Trump’s candidacy, Eastwood pointed out it’s a “sad time in history” because, regardless of what Trump does and says, “the press and everybody’s going, ‘oh, well, that’s racist.'”
According to Eastwood, it’s becoming far too common for the media and liberals to dismiss somebody’s character and policies by calling them racist.
“I haven’t talked to Trump. I haven’t talked to anybody. You know, he’s a racist now because he’s talked about this judge. 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. 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.”
When asked about Hillary Clinton, Eastwood responded, “What about her? 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.”
“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. She’s made a lot of dough out of being a politician. I gave up dough to be a politician. I’m sure that Ronald Reagan gave up dough to be a politician.”
After discussing the reasons for why he gave the “invisible” interview with Barack Obama at the 2012 Republican National Convention, Eastwood proceeded to knock Hillary Clinton’s position on giving Americans free college tuition.
“Don’t spend what you don’t have,” Eastwood said. “That’s why we’re in the position we are in right now.”
He’s right. And in typical Clint Eastwood fashion — and just like Donald Trump — he’s telling it like it is.