Veteran comedian and actor Jimmie Walker revealed he supports President Trump – most of the time – and admits that’s not fashionable in Hollywood.
“I’m for probably 90 percent of the things he does,” the former “Good Times” star told Fox News while shooting an upcoming episode of ABC’s “Battle of the Network Stars.”
“That means I’m not against Trump, but he makes mistakes, too,” he said.
Walker, who considers himself “a logical Independent,” noted how his political views set him apart from most of liberal Hollywood, and he’s perfectly fine with that.
“There’s not one positive Trump joke out here,” he said.
“No President has been attacked in recent years — because you couldn’t attack [Barack] Obama because he was black… but Trump, they have come out guns blazing against him,” he explained. “But even though I don’t like everything he does, why, heck, darn it, I think he deserves some sort of praise… but you can’t say that in Hollywood.”
Walker, who rose to fame during the 1970’s as JJ Walker on the sitcom, “Good Times,” slammed the political correctness and hyper-sensitivity of today’s culture.
“I think… anything that anybody says really is scrutinized. It’s nothing personal! Everybody takes everything so hard!” he said. “I think that’s really what the problem is. Everybody is too sensitive.”
Walker cited the recent controversy sparked when Bill Maher uttered the N-word on his HBO show “Real Time.”
“It was a joke!” Walker said. “Come on, people! I love Bill Maher… even though Bill Maher has not put me on his show in about 10 years… Bill Maher is not a racist… calm down.”
Walker also addressed the Kathy Griffin controversy over her holding up a fake severed bloody head of Trump in a photo shoot, admitting he felt sorry for the comedian because of “how hard she’s worked to get where she’s gotten.”
“I hate to see that she goes down like this because in Hollywood, I’ve said this a million times… comedy is a left-wing affair,” he said. “There is no right-wing comedy.”
Walker shared his thoughts on past presidents and revealed his favorite commander in chief.
“Reagan I think was a very good president… [but] my favorite president has always been Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Many of my good friends on the right still hate him for social security, but I think it’s still a thing that really works well,” he told Fox News.
He also gave a nod to President Dwight Eisenhower for creating American jobs in the auto industry and building the nation’s freeways.
“I think what people are looking for [now] is an industry where everybody can go and put widgets and didgets and make a nice living,” Walker said.
“There’s no easy way out now, not to say being in an industrialized car, auto [or] fabric industry was easy, but it was a way to go, where people could, go, ‘I can make this amount, I can have a house, I can go to Disneyland,'” he continued.
“Those days are over, baby. It’s going be tougher and tougher to make that kind of living nowadays,” he added.
Social media users found Walker’s attitude and remarks a refreshing change from the usual Hollywood fare.
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— Mike & Cindy Dunlap (@TNDunlaps) August 3, 2017
I applaud Jimmie Walker for taking a tough position in Hollywood. We need more open-minded people! On both sides!!https://t.co/81wkdGU6RM
— Ryan Hyman (@Ryan__Hyman) August 3, 2017
Get Jimmie Walker a bodyguard! He just came out as the one thing Hollywood won’t stand for…a Trump supporter.https://t.co/qbZJRSOuBB
— Ginger Snappin’?? (@KYGinger) August 3, 2017
— Ally (@baconjayhawks) August 3, 2017
Another patriot ???
— Frances Barrera (@FranBarreraReal) August 3, 2017
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