“What Trump is onto is he’s just saying what’s on his mind,” Eastwood said during an interview with Esquire published Wednesday. “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.”
“I haven’t endorsed anybody,” he added.
“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. 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 fucking get over it. It’s a sad time in history.”
Though he has not formally endorsed anyone, Eastwood did reveal he would vote for Trump over Clinton.
“What about her?” he asked. “I mean, it’s a tough voice to listen to for four years. It could be a tough one. If she’s just gonna follow what we’ve been doing, then I wouldn’t be for her.”
“I’d have to go for Trump. You know, ’cause she’s declared that she’s gonna follow in Obama’s footsteps. 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 explained the reason he addressed an invisible President Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention in 2012.
“It was silly at the time, but I was standing backstage and I’m hearing everybody say the same thing: ‘Oh, this guy’s a great guy,’” he said. “Great, he’s a great guy. 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. 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? 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. It’s the same with every company in this country, whether it’s a two-man company or a two-hundred-man company. And that’s the pussy generation — nobody wants to work.”
The acclaimed actor knocked the notion that Americans should be able to go to college for free.
Don’t spend what you don’t have,” he said.
“That’s why we’re in the position we are in right now. That’s why people are saying, ‘Why should I work? I’ll get something for nothing, maybe.’ And going around and talking about going to college for free. I didn’t go to college for free. I mean, it was cheap, because I went to L. A. City College — it wasn’t like going to a major university. But it was OK.”