We don’t agree with everything Clint Eastwood has done in his life — that speech to a chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention wasn’t his greatest performance — but he’s one of the all-time great actors and directors, and we can love a Dirty Harry movie without agreeing with every single thing Harry Callahan does.
Eastwood’s movies also embody lots of conservative values we agree with, like letting people live their lives as they want to, and taking personal responsibility.
Eastwood reluctantly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, noting that though Republican nominee had said “a lot of dumb things,” he preferred him to the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. Eastwood also said Trump was “onto something” because “secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up,” adding, “We’re really in a p—- generation. 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.”
But Eastwood publicly pulled his support for Trump in 2020, saying former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg would do a better job in the White House. He said he wished Trump would behave “in a more genteel way, without tweeting and calling people names. I would personally like for him to not bring himself to that level.”