Clint Eastwood thinks everyone needs to get over the so-called racist comments Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has made.
During an interview with Esquire, Eastwood, who does not associate himself with any political party, was asked, “What do you think Trump is onto?”
“What Trump is onto is he's just saying what's on his mind. And sometimes it's not so good. And sometimes it's…I mean, I can understand where he's coming from, but I don't always agree with it,” he responded.
Eastwood is not endorsing Trump for president at this time, but he does believe the media referring to him as a racist has been taken too far.
“I haven't endorsed anybody. I haven't talked to Trump. I haven't talked to anybody. You know, he's a racist now because he's talked about this judge. And yeah, it's a dumb thing to say,” he said. “I mean, to predicate your opinion on the fact that the guy was born to Mexican parents or something. He's said a lot of dumb things. 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.”
Eastwood, who famously talked to a chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention, admitted that his actions were silly, before complaining about the “pussy generation.”
“All these people that say, ‘Oh, you can't do that, and you can't do this, and you can't say that,' [they are the pussy generation]," he said. “I guess it's just the times.”
Eastwood included President Barack Obama as part of the pussy generation.
“That’s Obama. He doesn’t go to work. He doesn’t go down to Congress and make a deal. What the hell’s he doing sitting in the White House?" he said. “If I were in that job, I’d get down there and make a deal. Sure, Congress are lazy bastards, but so what? You’re the top guy. You’re the president of the company. It’s your responsibility to make sure everybody does well.”
“And that’s the pussy generation—nobody wants to work,” Eastwood added.
As for presidential nominees Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton and others involved in this year's election, Eastwood finds them to be boring and would like to see them get to work and be understanding of people, instead of calling everybody names.
“…Get in there and get it done. Kick ass and take names,” he said.
In July 2015 while he was seeking the Republican presidential nomination, Trump gave a speech for Eastwood at a private event in California, according to the New York Daily News.
Eastwood told Esquire that he will vote for Trump over Clinton.
“I’d have to go for Trump…you know, ‘cause she’s declared that she’s gonna follow in Obama’s footsteps. There’s just been too much funny business on both sides of the aisle,” he said. “She’s made a lot of dough out of being a politician. I gave up dough to be a politician. I’m sure that [former President] Ronald Reagan gave up dough to be a politician.”
Eastwood served as the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea from 1986 to 1988. Before becoming president, Reagan was a successful actor in Hollywood.