In an Esquire interview published Wednesday, Clint Eastwood dubbed the present moment “a sad time in history” and attributed America’s current malaise to a “pussy generation” in which “nobody wants to work.” Though the actor-director hasn’t endorsed a candidate in the current presidential election, he’s leaning towards voting for the Republican nominee: “I’d have to go for Trump.”
Eastwood acknowledged that Trump has made some mistakes on the campaign trail. “He’s talked about this judge,” Eastwood noted, referring to Trump’s declaration that a judge of Mexican heritage was unable to make impartial decisions in a case involving a class action lawsuit against Trump University. “It’s a dumb thing to say,” Eastwood continued. “He’s said a lot of dumb things. So have all of them. Both sides.”
But Eastwood also suggested that “[Trump]’s onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a pussy 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 reiterated this point a moment later: “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.”
Eastwood offered a set of simple solutions to put the U.S. back on what he believes is the right path for the country. “Get in there and get it done,” he advised. “Kick ass and take names. And this may be my dad talking, but don’t spend what you don’t have.”
Eastwood is currently directing the movie Sully, which stars Tom Hanks and hits screens in September.