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Clint Eastwood crosses over to the dark side. Says he prefers Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton

Trinaa Prasad | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 7:52 IST

Is Clint Eastwood pranking us? Because it certainly feels like it. In an interview to Esquire Magazine, the award-winning actor-turned-wildly-successful-filmmaker said that between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, he would pick Orangeman.

Which is rather strange as heretofore everyone believed him to be a man of sense.

Clint Eastwood explained his choice by further putting his foot in his mouth. His unreasonable decision is based on the fact that Clinton has "declared that she's gonna follow in Obama's footsteps" and that Hillary's would be "a tough voice to listen to for four years".

As opposed to Trump's gorgeous soprano and his astute knowledge of politics or humans? Are you joking, Mr Eastwood?

"He's said a lot of dumb things," said Eastwood of Trump, "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***ing get over it. It's a sad time in history."

While we agree that Donald Trump has said a lot of dumb things, the biggest being that he is competent enough to become the next President of the United States of America. And sure Hillary's said some dumb things as well. But between a dumb devil and the deep sea, wouldn't you rather pick the sea? Who knows, you might even learn how to swim and survive.

And for the record, it is impossible to "get over it" if a presidential nominee calls for ID just for Muslims. That's called blatant discrimination and racism. It is difficult to "get over it" if he labels all Mexicans as rapists and thieves or all women as good enough just to be wallflowers and all African American as violent or immigrants as trouble-makers.

Eastwood even went so far as to say that Donald Trump is "onto something, because secretly 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."

Too bad nobody called out racism when you were a kid. But does that mean we let such bulls**t pass us by without batting an eyelid too?

Donald Trump has never shown an inclination for sanity and to elect him as POTUS would be an endorsement of his racism, his sexism, his ignorance of anything beyond the Trump Towers. Succinctly put, it would be disastrous.

This is a man who believes global warming is a hoax, after all. As Clinton put it, do you really want someone who can get riled up by a tweet to be in control of nuclear missiles?

"They're boring everybody," is Eastwood's biggest complaint. "Chesty Puller, a great Marine general, once said, 'You can run me, and you can starve me, and you can beat me, and you can kill me, but don't bore me.' And that's exactly what's happening now: Everybody is boring everybody. It's boring to listen to all this shit. It's boring to listen to these candidates."

So the solution is to elect Trump? Because let's face it, he is pretty damn entertaining. Wow, Clint Eastwood. For a man who makes truly intelligent cinema, you're pretty witless.


Edited by Abha Srivastava

First published: 4 August 2016, 6:39 IST