John Cusack: President Barack Obama Is "As Bad or Worse Than Bush"
The 'Love & Mercy' actor then called out 'The Daily Beast' on Twitter for turning the interview "into salacious gossipy eye catching out of context headline grabbing manipulative bullshit."
John Cusack doesn't shy away from talking about politics, but he hopes that other people who do so "do it seriously."
"Well, Obama has certainly extended and hardened the cement on a lot of Bush’s post-9/11 Terror, Inc. policies, so he’s very similar to Bush in every way that way," responded Cusack. "His domestic policy is a bit different, but when you talk about drones, the American Empire, the NSA, civil liberties, attacks on journalism and whistleblowers, he’s as bad or worse than Bush.
"He hasn’t started as many wars, but he’s extended the ones we had, and I don’t even think Dick Cheney or Richard Nixon would say the president has the right to unilaterally decide whom he can kill around the world," he continued. "On Tuesdays, the president can just decide whom he wants to kill, and you know, since 9/11 there are magic words like 'terror,' and if you use magic words, you can justify any power grab you want."
After the article — which also discussed Cusack's portrayal of Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson in the new Bill Pohlad-directed biopic, his profound psychedelic experiences, Vince Vaughn's comments on guns, nearly getting cast in The Breakfast Club and the Con Air era of summer movies — was published, the actor called out The Daily Beast on Twitter.
Shame on u - whomever is doing headlines & editing the interview for taking a long conversation abt Brian Wilson -https://t.co/5RvLGSbugG— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 4, 2015
@thedailybeast and turning it into salacious gossipy eye catching out of context headline grabbing manipulative bullshit - I spoke— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 4, 2015
@thedailybeast your headline is pretty absurd and stupid - if you want to talk politics do it seriously -— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 4, 2015
the headlines are full of shit - https://t.co/07peDBENAh— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 4, 2015
So silly to pander that way … https://t.co/kvPn48Iuv7— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 4, 2015