Raging folks on the left were furious with actor Vince Vaughn after a tweet went viral that featured a little meeting between Vaughn and President Trump at a college football game at the beginning of the year.
Vaughn, a guy who has totally rejected the radical “cancel culture” nonsense of the modern era, said that he was raised “with the idea that you could have different likes and beliefs and you should respect and defend that in other people, not shout it down.”
The “Old School” actor was asked during a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times about the backlash from the Trump interaction and calls from the Left to “cancel” him.
“In my career I’ve met a lot of politicians who I’ve always been cordial to; I’ve met Nancy Pelosi and was cordial to her as well,” Vaughn explained. “It was the only time I’ve ever met him. We said hello. He was very personable. I didn’t get into policies.”
“I think people are more charged than ever about these things,” the 50-year-old continued. “But I don’t think most people take that stuff as seriously as the small percentage that’s making noise about it.”
“I was raised with the idea that you could have different likes and beliefs and you should respect and defend that in other people, not shout it down,” the actor said. “The people you disagree with the most, you should stand up for their right to do that.”
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Vaughn is noted for having supported Ron Paul in the past and has been a very outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment.
“I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home,” Vaughn said during an interview with GQ Magazine back in 2015. “We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech.”
“The only candidate I ever supported is [former Libertarian presidential nominee] Ron Paul,” the “Wedding Crashers” star said. “I don’t have a party that I support and endorse. 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. That’s as much as I’ll get into it at this point.”
Man, this is so refreshing. We need more of this kind of attitude in Hollywood today. Vaughn can’t be the only guy in the entertainment industry to think like this. We need others brave enough to step forward and share thoughts, opinions, and support for conservative leaning values in this critical area of our culture.