Actor Kelsey Grammer seemed to surprise Christiane Amanpour when he didn’t take the bait to agree with negative critiques of President Trump.
The liberal journalist repeatedly attempted to get the conservative actor she referred to as one of the “rare Hollywood beasts” to admit something negative about the president during an interview on PBS’s “Amanpour and Company” Tuesday.
(Video: PBS via MRC)
“Can I ask you, Kelsey, because we were talking obviously about today’s politics and it’s very divisive, very partisan, whether it’s in the United States, whether it’s here. You are one of those rare Hollywood beasts who is conservative, and you voted for Donald Trump. And I just wonder, what, whether you sort of took any hits in Hollywood for that?” Amanpour asked. “Did you feel that you were sort of marginalized?”
The “Frasier” star who is currently appearing in the musical, “Man of La Mancha,” appeared to dismiss the effects on his own career of being a conservative – and a Trump supporter – in Hollywood.
“I’m not aware of taking a hit for it but now, certainly passions run high, and certainly he has touched on an extraordinarily passionate response. I don’t know if it’s as serious or horrible as everybody wants it to be,” he replied.
“I was wondering whether you thought the sort of, many people believe this sort of fabric is being disrupted,” Amanpour pressed, hoping to get the soundbite she was looking for.
“Well, I think fabric being disrupted is a good thing,” the 64-year-old actor declared.
“You do?” the surprised CNN anchor responded.
“Oh yeah. I don’t think Washington didn’t do us any favors for the last 50, 60 years, I think they’ve all been sort of the same party, the same bunch of clowns, the same bunch of really unpleasant people,” Grammer said. “And I don’t think they’ve been helping anybody but themselves.”
“That’s politics,” Amanpour interjected, still aiming for a specific reply. “What about people?”
“Do you wonder, I mean here with Brexit, how can people sort of get back together again?” she asked.
“I think the English people should be just fine because you know they’ve been through a lot worse,” the actor responded, apparently refusing to take the bait.
“And the American people?” she pressed.
“And the American people will be just fine, too. We’ve been through a lot worse,” Grammer said.
The actor has sent the left into meltdowns on previous occasions as he has voiced his support of the president in the decidedly liberal, anti-Trump waters of Hollywood.
“I’m a conservative. I have been for a long time. I’m just not a big government guy,” Grammer told BBC Radio in an interview earlier this year as he spoke about his support of Brexit and Trump.
A Hollywood celebrity with a “right” brain! How refreshing & great that @KelseyGrammer spoke his mind. Kelsey Grammer triggers leftists with support for Trump’s hard-hitting stance: ’They’re used to being the brats’ https://t.co/xJoPaEV6jh
— Patriotic Bunny?? (@bunny32746) February 19, 2019
“In terms of policy, I don’t have a lot of problems with what he’s doing. He’s a bit of a brat, I guess you could say,” he said of Trump. “And that is astounding for people especially for people who come from the more liberal side of politics. They’re used to being the brats.”
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