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Election 2016: Can We Please Draft Clint Eastwood as the “Anti-Pussy Party” Candidate?

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I’d vote for him in a heartbeat. Seriously. I mean, can you imagine Clint Eastwood stomping out onto the White House grounds with his shotgun raised growling “Get off my lawn!” to the next jackass that jumped the fence?

Esquire has done a father and son interview, for their September 2016 issue, with the legendary Clint Eastwood and his devastatingly handsome son Scott Eastwood who is following in his footsteps. Clint’s later half of his career in Hollywood has been his very best. He’s playing tough old no nonsense fellas in movies he is writing and/or directing and producing. His character might be the center of a movie’s universe, but it is those revolving around that character that are the focal point(s) that come to fulfillment in the story and make it their own. It’s almost like he is directing the movie from within the movie.

The interview is quite open. Eastwood discusses the evolution of his career in Hollywood, and its continuing successes. He is quietly but extremely generous and hopeful about his son, and Scott at times appears charmed and in awe of his father, yet, a growing soulmate.

Eastwood has dabbled in politics himself, having been elected mayor of Carmel, California several years ago and recently was most memorable as a speaker at the 2012 RNC-Con where he used an empty chair as a symbol of Barack Obama as he discussed the lead-from-behind disappointment and failure that Mitt Romney was trying to de-throne. Empty chair was a more extreme level of empty suit.

The interview got around to political correctness and the current bitching, moaning, and whining of the pussified masses in this nation in disarray. And he is not overly impressed with the two we have running for the Oval Office right now. But…

ESQ: Your characters have become touchstones in the culture, whether it’s Reagan invoking “Make my day” or now Trump … I swear he’s even practiced your scowl.

CE: Maybe. But he’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. And then when I did Gran Torino, even my associate said, “This is a really good script, but it’s politically incorrect.” And I said, “Good. Let me read it tonight.” The next morning, I came in and I threw it on his desk and I said, “We’re starting this immediately.”

ESQ: What is the “pussy generation”?

CE: All these people that say, “Oh, you can’t do that, and you can’t do this, and you can’t say that.” I guess it’s just the times.

ESQ: What do you think Trump is onto?

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.

ESQ: So you’re not endorsing him?

CE: I haven’t endorsed anybody. 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.

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ESQ: You’ve campaigned for office. If you were going to write a stump speech for this election, what would you say?

CE: “Knock it off. Knock everything off.” All these people out there rattling around the streets and stuff, shit. They’re boring everybody. Chesty Puller, a great Marine general, once said, “You can run me, and you can starve me, and you can beat me, and you can kill me, but don’t bore me.” And that’s exactly what’s happening now: Everybody is boring everybody. It’s boring to listen to all this shit. It’s boring to listen to these candidates.

ESQ: What would you like to see change?

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. 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 okay. And then, you know, I didn’t finish, because I decided to become an actor, ruin my whole life. [Everyone laughs.]

ESQ: What do you think of Hillary?

CE: What about her? 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.

ESQ: But if the choice is between her and Trump, what do you do?

CE: That’s a tough one, isn’t it? 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.

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