Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood, who stole the show on the final night of the Republican convention by debating an empty chair meant to signify President Obama, is now defending his performance by saying that in old age, “you don’t have to edit yourself.”
In an interview with CNN, Eastwood said that he had in fact improvised his fake conversation with an invisible Obama. Eastwood did not back down when asked about his decision to deliver such a nontraditional speech, saying instead that it was alright for him to do so because he was old.
“One advantage of being my age is that, you know, what can they do to you?” Eastwood said. “You just have fun and do what you think and you can say what you think, you don’t have to edit yourself.”
Asked if he regretted it at all, the 82 year-old Eastwood simply shook his head, no.
On the Republican convention’s closing night, Eastwood emerged as a surprise speaker in the penultimate slot, immediately preceding Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney. Yet Eastwood’s appearance drew so much attention that it detracted from what was supposed to be the convention’s biggest moment to tout Romney to voters at home.
Eastwood also brushed back criticism that his speech—in which he acted several times as if Obama had told him to shut up or said lewd things to Romney—was offensive, saying that politics is simply a nasty business.
“Nobody wants to sit and insult people, which unfortunately, that’s the way politics is,” Eastwood said. “People are always insulting one another that have different points of views than one another.”
Watch the interview below:
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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."
Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.
Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.
Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.
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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener
Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.
Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."
"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.
"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.
She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."