“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,” Eastwood says in Esquire’s September issue. “There’s been just too much funny business on both sides of the aisle. She’s made a lot of dough out of being a politician. I gave up dough to be a politician. I’m sure that Ronald Reagan gave up dough to be a politician.”
Eastwood was clear that he hasn’t endorsed anyone — “I haven’t talked to Trump. I haven’t talked to anybody.” — but he was full of praises for the Republican nominee for being “onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up.”
In fact, Eastwood said, “We’re really in a p—y generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”
He added, “You know, he’s a racist now because he’s talked about this judge. And yeah, it’s a dumb thing to say. 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—king get over it. It’s a sad time in history.”
Eastwood did not attend this year’s Republican National Convention, after famously giving a speech at the 2012 gathering in which he did a routine in which he talked to an empty chair. He told Esquire that the bit was “silly at the time.” He said that he came up with the idea for the empty chair because other speakers were repetitive, talking about Mitt Romney, and he thought, “I’ve got to say something more. And so I’m listening to an old Neil Diamond thing and he’s going, ‘And no one heard at all / Not even the chair.’ And I’m thinking, that’s Obama.”
Eastwood’s interview, timed to the upcoming release of “Sully,” was done before Trump’s latest series of controversial comments, including an unwillingness to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The stream of Trump news on Tuesday, in fact, has led to reports that a group of GOP figures are plotting an “intervention” with the candidate to get his campaign back on track.
NBC News reported that Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich were among those hoping to talk to Trump, even though his campaign denies that any meeting is scheduled.