On the latest edition of Variety‘s PopPolitics on SiriusXM, Walker, who plays reporter Jonathan Pie, says that he fears that many late-night comedians and Trump detractors need to shift tactics in taking on Trump.
“Satire needs to be braver. What I try to do is go, ‘Look, people on the right and Trump are wrong, but the manner in which the left are trying to defeat that is also wrong. Tactically wrong,” he says. “And they need to talk more about policy and they need to start talking to their opponents if they are to persuade them to vote differently next time.”
He adds, “I am in no way a Trump supporter, but I feel like a lot of people who don’t like Trump are still going, ‘How did he do it?'”
Walker is touring the U.S. this month with his show “Jonathan Pie: Back to the Studio,” and he says that he’s had the chance to talk to a number of Trump supporters.
“The majority I have spoken to are smart. They are up on policy. They are not bigots. They are not stupid. They are not racists,” he says. “And if we are to stop Trump from winning a second term, or doing well this midterm, you have to start talking to people you disagree with. You have to persuade, rather than just dismiss their opinions as bigoted. We get a lot of that in the UK with Brexit.”
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