Brad Pitt: Donald Trump Appeals To “Fed Up” People

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Brad Pitt Donald Trump Interview

By Shari Weiss

Brad Pitt Donald Trump Interview

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Brad Pitt says he’s trying to “understand” Donald Trump supporters. But that doesn’t mean he’s personally supporting the Republican candidate for president himself.

In a new interview with the New York TimesT magazine, Pitt brings up Trump when pondering the UK’s Brexit controversy. “Man, I never thought that would happen. Same way I can’t bring myself to think that Trump will be in charge,” says the actor. He muses, “In the simplest terms, what brings us together is good, and what separates us is bad. We have this great line in The Big Short. When things are going wrong and we can’t find the reason for it, we just start creating enemies.”

And so, Pitt says, Trump is putting the blame on “illegal immigrants” and other groups. And the movie star has a few theories about the psyche behind that. “Coming from Oklahoma, southern Missouri, which leans more toward a Trump voice, I try to understand it,” he says. Pitt goes on to explain, “You gotta understand, that it’s also in our DNA. Most Americans don’t have time to watch CNN and Fox and Al Jazeera.”

“They’re trying to make the rent, get the kids fed, they’re tired when they get home and they want to forget about everything,” he continues. “And so suddenly when this voice comes in — and it doesn’t have to be a voice of substance — saying he’s fed up with all of this, that’s the part that hooks into the DNA.”

None of this is to say he follows that thinking himself. Pitt tells the outlet, “It seems that the people who suffer the most end up betting for the party that would hurt them. And so I try to understand where they’re coming from.” He further points out a dichotomy, saying, “What I’m most hopeful about is that we’re a global neighborhood now, and we start to understand each other more and more — and yet, you see this reactionary push for isolation and separation again.”

That leads Pitt to question, “A Trump supporter is fighting against just about everything. What does he even mean, take our country back? Would someone please explain that to me? Where’d it go?” Check out the gallery below to see more celebs who have unloaded on Trump.


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