Owen Wilson, a predominantly comedic actor showing off his dramatic chops in the new film No Escape, ventured into the political realm recently when describing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Wilson – described as a “staunch liberal” – acknowledged he is at least intrigued by Trump’s brash approach to politics.
“You can’t help but get a kick out of him,” he admitted, “and I think part of it is we’re so used to politicians on both sides sounding like actors at press junkets. It’s sort of by rote, and they say all the right things.”
Actually Owen, they don’t. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton talk more along the lines of Progressives and Socialism. Ted Cruz speaks more in line with the Constitution and Grassroots Conservatives. And Jeb Bush speaks more in line with the Washington Cartel.
Trump, by comparison, does not follow “that script,” Wilson said.
“It’s like when Charlie Sheen was doing that stuff,” he continued, apparently referring to the actor’s infamous public meltdown in 2011. “Like, wow! He’s answering a question completely honestly, and in an entertaining way.”
Yes. I agree. We are shocked when politicians like Ted Cruz and businessman, Donald Trump speak the truth! Especially in Obama’s or Hillary’s new age of “transparency” in politics and the White House.
When it comes to Trump’s ideology, however, Wilson is less compelled. Either way, he said it is far too early in the process to declare Trump the Republican nominee – much less a general election winner.
“You can’t honestly believe he could be president, do you?” he asked. “I have a hard time believing that … that still seems so far away. That doesn’t quite seem realistic to me. But talk to me in a few months. We’ll see.”
Well, Owen, I believe looking at the latest national polls many Americans would disagree with you. They DO believe he could be president or he wouldn’t be leading in most of the polls.
While contending most voters do not pay much attention to presidential debates until well into primary season or later, Wilson contended that Trump’s mere presence on the stage increased interest significantly.
“Like everybody, I watched the GOP debates – and I don’t know the last time I watched debates,” he said.
Conceding that he usually only tunes in “to watch the Democrat versus the Republican,” he asserted that “to watch this early on, when they’ve got 15 people on the stage, it would never have happened unless Trump was there.”
I agree with you on those statements too, Owen. Most voters do not pay attention to debates, let alone to what’s going on in the world around them. And therein lies the problem. Most people are too busy paying attention to who they are going to draft for their Fantasy Football League, or who “Mr. Robot” is hacking next, or what the world looked like on “Fear of the Walking Dead”, that they could care less right about now. Ask most people who they think is running for President and most wouldn’t know there are 17 Republican Candidates running. Even you weren’t paying attention to a couple. But they’d know The Donald is. And yes, Donald Trump has made the debates a lot more colorful, interesting and entertaining at times.
But guess you know a thing or two about acting and entertaining don’t you?
Whatever your opinion is of The Donald, you will have to agree that he is getting people who normally do not participate in the political process to pay attention. For THAT, we can all be thankful. Those that aren’t normally involved, like you, Owen – even though Trump is NOT conservative.
Now, if we could just educate those that are new, and engaged participants, “staunch liberals” like you, to know a little bit more about the topics: The Constitution, Saul Alinsky, The Iran Deal, Obamacare, IRS Targeting Conservatives, George Soros, Benghazi, etc., America would really have a better chance surviving come election time!
Written by Nancy Hayes
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