The celebrities who support Donald Trump are like a ghost train of ancient fame: boxer, wrestler, basketball player, reality TV star. Today, it’s Clint Eastwood who leans forward. Bang, bang, bang.
Do artists and celebrities support Donald Trump? Asking the question gets a quick and clear answer, much like an exchange of fire in a spaghetti western: There aren’t many, but they do exist.
Let’s begin with the one everyone is talking about today: Clint Eastwood. An article titled “Clint Eastwood is Voting for Trump and Shoots Down the Pussy Generation” on the site purepeople.com recounts the matter: “In an interview with his son Scott (Suicide Squad) for Esquire, the elder made some offensive remarks. According to the filmmaker, who will soon be seen in theaters in the movie 'Sully,' Donald Trump is 'onto something' in the sense that, in his eyes, 'everybody's getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That's the kiss-ass generation we're in right now. We're really in a pussy generation. 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,' he said. One would later learn, after a long digression into his political views, that Scott Eastwood had quickly left the interview to attend the premiere of a film. And that he hadn’t had a chance to express his opinions.”
While the son didn’t express his opinions, his father ended up being more than explicit, after a very long convolution: “I'd have to go for Trump … you know, 'cause she's declared that she's gonna follow in Obama's footsteps.” But this is with having previously declared that he didn’t support anyone and hadn’t spoken to Donald Trump, as Le Figaro emphasizes: “For now, the one who made a very noteworthy speech at the Republican Convention in 2012 by talking about an empty chair, does not officially support Donald Trump.”
As Liberation has said, “We don’t know if the reporter for Esquire cut certain remarks from Eastwood that would have allowed us to find a bit of logic between his reasoning or if his years are starting to take their toll on one of the greatest modern actors and filmmakers.” It’s true that the complexity of the arguments give freedom to readers who are more or less charitable.
He Wouldn’t Choose Hillary
But at the end, we see that Clint Eastwood understands Donald Trump, and that if he had to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, he wouldn’t choose Hillary.
Slate’s Grégor Brandy embarked upon a great journalistic classic found in all major electoral campaigns around the world: Who are the celebrities that endorse Donald Trump? He tells us that in addition to the old veteran from Carmel, CA, “a handful of anti-conformist or unpopular stars” support the sulfurous billionaire. He adds, “But if the interview with Clint Eastwood is repeated this much in the various medias today, it is not only because we are at the beginning of August. There is an army of celebrities who support Hillary Clinton. Those who chose to announce that they were voting for her Republican adversary are much rarer, and are very patriotic (like the stars of ‘Duck Dynasty’), are in decline, or are seeking to attract attention to themselves.”
A Ghost Train of Ex-celebrities
Among these rare supporters, Grégor Brandy exempts just one person, actor Jon Voight, about whom he writes: “In fact, one of the only ones to make remarks that could be qualified as coherent is actor Jon Voight." Having won an Oscar for his role in “Coming Home” in 1978, the actor, who supported Mitt Romney, sent a report to the far-right website Breitbart last March.
The names that Grégor Brandy lists surrounding Trump are like a ghost train: former basketball player Dennis Rodman, former wrestler Hulk Hogan, former boxer Mike Tyson, former reality TV star Tila Tequila… here we go. Oh yes, there are some who aren’t an ex-whatever, like the noisy and brawny 40-something singer Kid Rock. And that member of the Eagles of Death Metal, Jesse Hughes.
With what we know from Business Insider, we can add musician Gene Simmons of Kiss. Or the rapper Azealia Banks, who said delicately (this can be read here in MetroNews), and we hope readers will forgive us, that: “I only trust this country to be what it is: full of shit. Takes shit to know shit so we may as well put a piece of shit in the White House.” Curtain!