Vince Vaughn Responds to Backlash Over Shaking Trump’s Hand

Vince Vaughn has addressed his handshake and conversation with President Donald Trump earlier this year in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

It’s About the Respect

The “Wedding Crashers” star has finally spoken up about the criticism he faced in January after footage of him shaking hands with President Trump at a college football game was spread across social media.

“I think people are more charged than ever about these things,” the 50-year-old actor told Los Angeles Times in a new interview, published last Friday. “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 “Swingers” star added that those “you disagree with the most, you should stand up for their right to do that.”

Supporting Trump?

He explained to the outlet that throughout his career, he’s “met a lot of politicians who I’ve always been cordial to,” including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat and one of Trump’s most outspoken critics.

Vaughn, who identifies as a libertarian, further cleared up that he is not a Trump supporter,  for those who consequently believed him to be one after the now infamous handshake.

“The only candidate I ever supported is Ron Paul,” Vaughn said, referring to the former Libertarian presidential nominee. “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 at this point.”

Vaughn’s newest project is a horror–comedy update on “Freaky Friday”, simply titled “Freaky”.


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