Clint Eastwood on the "Pussy" Generation and Why He's Voting for Donald Trump
"[Trump] is just saying what's on his mind. And sometimes it's not so good," said the Oscar-winning director in his first co-sitdown with son Scott for Esquire.
As a fun father-son bonding experience, Eastwood and his progeny Scott sat down for the magazine's August cover to discuss their careers and upcoming film releases. The younger Eastwood is starring in Oliver Stone's Snowden, while Eastwood the elder will come out in September with his 35th directorial effort, Sully, which stars Tom Hanks as Capt. Sully Sullenberger.
The conversation quickly turned to politics, at which point the Dirty Harry star offered his wizened words on Donald Trump, his hatred of political correctness and what he describes as the "kiss-ass" generation.
Below are a few classic Eastwood takeaways from the sitdown, the first ever from the father and son duo.
CE: "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."
On Clinton vs. Trump vs. Eastwood vs. Reagan…
CE: "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."
On the changes he would like to see in political campaigning…
CE: "I'd say, get to work and start being more understanding of everybody — instead of calling everybody names, start being more understanding. But get in there and get it done. Kick ass and take names. And this may be my dad talking, but don't spend what you don't have. That's why we're in the position we are in right now."
On the millennial generation…
CE: "But [Trump's] on to 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."
On his current political party…
"Esquire: Politically, you're the Anti-Pussy party?
SE: That's right. No candy-asses.
CE: Yeah, I'm anti–the pussy generation. Not to be confused with pussy.
SE: All of us are pro-pussy."