Another middle-aged white male has come out in support of President Donald Trump. While many celebrities have been openly criticizing the new leader of the United States, Matthew McConaughey claims it’s time to make peace.
It’s time for another McConaughey movie premiere, so the star has been making his rounds. In a recent interview with British Channel FI, McConaughey was asked why he wasn’t dumping on Trump as his fellow celebrities have been. The star replied that it’s time to give the president a break. “Well, they don’t have a choice now,” McConaughey said, “he’s our president.”
While McConaughey admitted that this is the most divisive time politically in recent history, he went on to say that, “…it’s time for us to embrace, shake hands with this fact, and be constructive with him over the next four years.”
Since the inauguration, Trump has lied repeatedly to the press, threatened the press when they challenge his lies, claimed voter fraud, scrubbed the White House website of facts about climate change and LGBTQ rights, and threatened to go to war with Mexico. This doesn’t count his Executive Orders, which placed a white supremacist on the National Security Council and simultaneously removed the Joint Chiefs and imposed a ban on immigration (specifically Muslims), just to name two.
It is important to note that the video of McConaughey’s interview was posted on January 29, 2017, only nine days after the president was sworn in on Inauguration Day. McConaughey goes on to say, “So, even those who most strongly may disagree with his principles or things he’s said and done — which is another thing, we’ll see what he does compared to what he had said…”
Because it’s been really hard to see that Trump has followed through on every bigoted idea he spouted on the campaign trail.
In a different interview with CBC, McConaughey dodges the question altogether, commenting that acting is picking out parts of humanity so that people can recognize themselves.
Maybe McConaughey’s next role should be about a person’s responsibility to stand up for another person’s basic human rights. Or perhaps about how a person can simply read a newspaper to keep up on a leader’s volatile actions in his own country.