While endorsing his latest film, “Our Brand is Crisis,” actor Anthony Mackie was joking around and made some bold political statements in an interview with BET that caused instantaneous backlash.
“I would 100 percent want to run Trump’s campaign. 100 percent,” he says. “I mean, first that’ll be the best party ever when he won, and second, Trump’s an easy sell … When you look at Trump, he’s an easy sell because you can sell him as the guy who worked his way up from nothing. And I think if you’re a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ candidate, people would identify with that.”
In the movie, the 37-year-old actor plays a consultant for a presidential candidate, and must prepare his client for the inevitable onslaught of public scrutiny he will endure. In a classic case of life imitating art, the Internet’s response to Mackie’s interview was not kind.
Mackie quickly took to Twitter to clear the air:
Turns out Mackie is not “drinking the Kool-Aid” that is Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
However, this isn’t the first time Mackie has come under fire for his comments, and then backtracked his words in order to save face. In an interview with TheGrio back in January, he voiced his views on police violence, discriminating against “black dudes with dreadlocks,” asking, “Do you want to be seen as part of the problem or do you want to be an individual?”
After the backlash hit, Mackie spoke out, claiming TheGrio’s editor Chris Witherspoon “lied,” and that he was wrongly informed that portions of the interview were not on record. But TheGrio stood by their story, stating, “Nothing could be further from the truth” and released the entire audio from the interview on their website.
“Our Brand Is Crisis” opens in theaters Friday, Oct. 30.