Clint Eastwood is a great actor, and a maybe an even greater director. His screen presence and keen artistic judgment have made him one of Hollywood’s most revered icons, and it would be sacrilegious to suggest otherwise.
However, the status bestowed upon people who make a living pretending to be other people in front of cameras in America has unfortunately turned Eastwood into something of a respected political commentator. In America, being on TV makes you important, and therefore what you say must be important too — a bizarre idiosyncrasy in America’s democratic system that allowed the likes of Ronald Reagan into the White House and Arnold Schwarzenegger to become governor of the most prosperous state in the union.
Following in the traditions of vacuous fame idolatry, Clint Eastwood has used his manufactured tough guy image to pretend that he is in fact a tough, gun totin’ cowboy who ain’t fraid a nobody — a character emasculated Republicans around the country revere. Eastwood once became Mayor of a small town in California, and has traded on his fame to spread his political ideas ever since. Eastwood has historically been quite moderate on most political issues, but in 2015, he appears to have hopped on board the crazy train and is throwing his weight behind two of the dumbest political characters in American history.
Speaking to Mario Lopez on “Extra,” over the weekend, Eastwood declared his admiration for Donald Trump and Ben Carson, telling Lopez that “any of them would be better than what we got.”
“I think there’s quite a few of them who are really good people” Eastwood said.
Yes, really good people who believe in blocking Muslims from entering the country, have declared Mexicans are diseased rapists, and have tried to bully women over going to the lavatory.
“People are looking for somebody who is outspoken and who isn’t afraid,” said Eastwood of Donald Trump. “And he seems to have kind of a fearless attitude.”
Eastwood thoughts on Ben Carson are not exactly nuanced either:
“I like Ben Carson because he is kind of a common-sense guy,” he said.
There are probably many actors who consider themselves conservative, and that is perfectly fine. But Donald Trump and Ben Carson are not conservative — they are rank and file idiots who have risen to the top of a field consisting of other rank and file idiots determined to destroy what is left of their party and the vestiges of intellectualism in America. Anyone who supports them are by default, idiots, and sadly that means Clint Eastwood — however accomplished he may be outside of politics — is an idiot too.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.