Vince Vaughn discusses public backlash he received earlier this year for chatting with President Donald Trump. Vaughn criticized people for being more “charged” politically than ever. He believed the criticism was overblown and unfair.
The Wedding Crashers actor met with Trump during the college football National Championship in January 2020. Someone captured Vaughn talking with both Trump and First Lady Melania in a private suit. The two shook each others’ hands and greeted each other cordially.
“It was the only time I’ve ever met him. We said hello. He was very personable,” Vaughn told The Los Angeles Times. “I didn’t get into policies.”
After the meeting, Vaughn received backlash from critics online for meeting with the president. They labeled Vaughn a “Trump supporter” in response. But the actor said he met with several politicians previously without incident. For instance, at the same game, he stopped and chatted with James Carville, a Democratic strategist.
“In my career, I’ve met a lot of politicians who I’ve always been cordial to,” Vaughn said. I’ve met Nancy Pelosi and was cordial to her as well.”
Vince Vaughn Discusses His Political Beliefs
Vaughn believes that online users take small incidents and blow them out of proportion. He also said he believes it is only a small percentage of the population using social media sites like Twitter to cancel and criticize people.
“I think people are more charged than ever about these things,” he said. “But I don’t think most people take that stuff as seriously as the small percentage that’s making noise about it.”
The actor took the time to discuss his own political beliefs. Vaughn supported former Libertarian presidential nominee Ron Paul. But he doesn’t consider himself a Libertarian. He said he was raised to respect people whose opinions and beliefs differ from his own.
“The only candidate I ever supported is Ron Paul,” Vaughn said. “I don’t have a party that I support and endorse,” Vaughn declared. “In fact, for me sometimes it’s difficult to find a candidate that you feel is philosophically consistent and not just going along with whoever is funding their particular party.”
“I was raised with the idea that you could have different likes and beliefs,” Vaughn continued. “And you should respect and defend that in other people, not shout it down. The people you disagree with the most, you should stand up for their right to do that.”
[H/T: The Los Angeles Times]