Published on August 4th, 2016 | by Padraic Coffey


Clint Eastwood on Donald Trump: “He’s said a lot of dumb things”

Veteran film-maker and registered Republican Clint Eastwood has commented on the upcoming US presidential election in an interview with Esquire magazine.

Eastwood raised the issue of Gonzalo P. Curiel, the US District Judge whose parents emigrated from Mexico. Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, had said that Curiel would be biased in overseeing the case against Trump University because of his Mexican heritage.

Eastwood said the following:

“[Trump]’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.”

Eastwood, however, seemed dismissive of the coverage Trump’s remarks had been receiving in the press:

But everybody—the press and everybody’s going, “Oh, well, that’s racist,” and they’re making a big hoodoo out of it. Just fucking get over it. It’s a sad time in history.

Eastwood was careful to tell the interview, “I haven’t endorsed anybody”.

When asked whether he would support Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, he replied:

“That’s a tough one, isn’t it? 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.”

Eastwood was mayor of Carmel, California for two years, between 1986 and 1988.


About the Author

Padraic Coffey is a freelance writer and film critic who currently lives in Vancouver, Canada. He has written for the Sunday Independent, Ireland's largest circulation newspaper, and Trinity College, Dublin, ranked in the top 100 best universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings in 2014. Additionally, his film criticism has appeared on Volta - Ireland's first VOD website - as well as sites such as Taste of Cinema, Film Jam and Head Stuff.

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