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Clint Eastwood gets Trump: “When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist”

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Trying to outdo 2012?
  • Hanna Kozlowska
By Hanna Kozlowska

Investigative reporter

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Clint Eastwood thinks Donald Trump is “onto something.”

The actor and director who gave a speech to an empty chair during the 2012 GOP convention told Esquire he is leaning toward supporting the Republican presidential nominee because people are tired of political correctness and “kissing up.”

The actor, who gave the interview with his son, Scott, lamented: “we’re really in a pussy generation.”

Trump, according to Eastwood, goes against the ethos of the “kiss-ass generation.” Presumably referring to Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexicans and Muslims, he said: “We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”

Eastwood was born in 1930, when segregation was legal, lynchings were routine, and many black Americans were denied the right to vote.

Eastwood added that the media was making a big “hoodoo” about racism, and should ”fucking get over it.” Echoing Trump’s favorite exclamation, he said: “It’s a sad time in history.”

Eastwood stopped short of endorsing the billionaire, noting that he has ”said a lot of dumb things.” But he prefers the Republican to Hillary Clinton because “I mean, it’s a tough voice to listen to for four years.”

During the presidential campaign, Trump has called Mexicans coming into the US “rapists” and “drug dealers” who bring “tremendous infectious disease” across the border. He also said that  “Islam hates us,” and called for a ban on Muslim immigration.

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