Clint Eastwood Gets Shut Down After Defending Trump’s Racism

”Let's start a list of things that weren't considered racist when he was growing up.”

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He might want to go back to arguing with an empty chair. Clint Eastwood is one of our greatest living directors and an all-time Hollywood icon but if he the real Clint showed up today as a character in one of his Spaghetti Western classics, it would be as the town drunk who desperately needs to sleep it off.

In an interview with Esquire, the filmmaker had a lot of grumpy things to say about modern American society. That’s not totally unexpected for Mr. “Get off my lawn” himself. But it was his defense of Donald Trump’s racially tinged tirades that left many thinking Eastwood was longing for a time when women and minorities were not treated as equals.

“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,” Eastwood told Esquire.

Those comments led Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, and the first transgender person to speak before a major political convention, to start a meme of listing all of the awful things that were considered “normal” when Eastwood was born in 1930. “Let’s start a list of things that weren’t considered racist when he was growing up,” she wrote on Twitter.

Her powerful tweets set off a firestorm with other Twitter users chiming in with critiques of Eastwood and his posturing.