Clint Eastwood has made a surprising endorsement of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, despite the former mayor’s poor performance at the Democratic debate this week.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the movie maker said that “the politics has gotten so ornery.”
He told The Journal that he approves of “certain things that Trump’s done” but wishes he would act “in a more genteel way, without tweeting and calling people names. I would personally like for him to not bring himself to that level.”
And then Eastwood made his shocking endorsement: “The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there.”
Bloomberg has just come off a week of poor reviews after his Wednesday performance at the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate debate in Las Vegas.
Bloomberg took a beating from his fellow Democrats on the debate stage and was criticized for his treatment of women, stop-and-frisk policy and the millions of dollars he has spent on his campaign.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren perhaps had the harshest words about Bloomberg.
“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians,’” she said. “No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump.”
“I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg. Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women and supporting racist policies like redlining and stop-and-frisk,” Warren argued.
Eastwood has traditionally leaned to the right on the political spectrum and served as the Republican mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, from 1986 to 1988, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“This is part of the libertarian idea: Leave everybody alone. Leave everybody alone,” he said.
He famously criticized former President Barack Obama in a speech in which he traded dialogue with a chair he pretended Obama was sitting on.
The director also said that given the choice between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in 2016, he would vote for Trump, Reuters reported.
“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,” he said at the Republican National Convention.
In his interview with The Wall Street Journal, Eastwood defended his stance on the controversy created by his latest film “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” because of its depiction of Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs.
The paper called the depiction “entirely false and malicious, and … extremely defamatory and damaging” in a letter to Warner Bros.
Eastwood said that they just changed the story a little when Scruggs was portrayed sleeping with a Federal Bureau of Investigation source to get the scoop.
“Well, she hung out at a little bar in town, where mostly police officers went,” he said. “And she had a boyfriend that was a police officer. Well, we just changed it in the story. We made it a federal police officer instead of a local.”
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