Just like feminism became the hot topic in interviews last year, stars are now confronted with a new, inescapable question: What do you think of GOP presidential contender Donald Trump?
Samuel L. Jackson stepped right into that situation, as he’s currently making the rounds to promote his new Quentin Tarantino film “The Hateful Eight,” and has also socialized with Trump on the golf course. At the end of a wide-ranging podcast interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, the conversation turned to the “crazy stuff” happening in the world today. Feinberg brought up the always-controversial Trump, calling him Jackson’s “golfing buddy.”
“We played a few times,” Jackson clarified.
“I’m sure he’s not an unpleasant guy to be around,” Feinberg said. “But are you concerned? How would you characterize your feelings right now? Your outlook?”
Jackson started with the first part of the question, talking for a long time about terrorism and racial relations; he said that after the San Bernardino shootings, Muslims have “become the new young black men” in this country, in reference to police suspicion.
With this, Feinberg turned the topic around again to Trump, who in addition for calling for a “total and complete ban” on Muslims entering the United States, was the subject of a recent New York Times story about his now-fraught relationships with black celebrities. The paper noted that “Mr. Trump’s rise in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination — which has also prompted accusations that he is using racially charged language and has drawn comparisons to the segregationist George Wallace — has created some discord among African-American celebrities whom Mr. Trump has called friends.”
“But as a black person who — as you say — has to deal with similar kind of suspicion just because you’re a black person, does it bother you to know that there is a very, very good chance that a presidential candidate in this country will be nominated on a platform of saying that, you know, we’re not going to let any Muslims in this country?” Feinberg asked.
“Am I bothered by it? No. There’s nothing I can do about it. There’s absolutely nothing I can do…I mean, there are other people who aren’t as open about what he’s saying that are running also,” Jackson said. “You know, that are just as crazy, that have just as much ill will toward the common man — and not just the common black man. But people who don’t have a certain amount of money don’t mean anything to them. We’re all fodder to those people. Okay? So you’re talking about, you know, [Marco] Rubio? Come on.”
Asked who he’s endorsing, Jackson confirmed that he will not be voting for Trump — not a surprise for anyone who caught Jackson’s recent bit on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” where he said he’s moving to South Africa if Trump becomes president. Anyway, Jackson’s choice is Hillary Clinton, whom he said already knows the job, and wouldn’t have as much of a learning curve as President Obama.
“I’m forever a Democrat, you know, and I’m gonna vote for Hillary. Because, I mean, I love Bernie [Sanders], and Bernie’s a man of the people. But he can’t win. So I gotta cast my vote for a person that can keep those other people from winning, okay?