Republican strategist Sarah Isgur Flores blasted Clint Eastwood on Thursday after the conservative actor blamed “p*ssy” millennials for overreacting to Donald Trump’s racist statements.
In a recent interview with Esquire, Eastwood argued that Trump was “onto something.”
“Secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up,” Eastwood said. “That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a pussy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells.”
“We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff,” the actor added. “When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”
Flores, who worked as an RNC communications director and more recently for GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, told Fox News on Thursday that she agreed with some of Eastwood’s points about Hillary Clinton profiting off of politics, but she said that the actor had been wrong to insult younger Americans.
“On the one hand, we have college campuses, a bunch of liberal academics creating safe spaces, students refusing to let conservatives come speak on campus because it will hurt their feelings or challenge their world view,” she opined. “I think it’s harmful to these students, I think it’s dangerous for the future of citizenry of America.”
“On the other hand,” Flores continued, “this idea that Clint Eastwood gets to call this generation of Americans not tough enough, not brave enough, that’s incredibly silly.”
“I know single moms who are a lot tougher than Clint Eastwood,” she insisted. “My best friend is a captain in the Marine Corps overseas today. She’s a lot tougher than Clint Eastwood.”
Left-leaning Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky took issue with Eastwood’s comments about racism.
“He can’t quite say that there is no racism around when his own chosen candidate disparages a judge of Mexican origin simply because he happens to be of Mexican origin,” Roginsky pointed out. “You can’t put 1.6 billion of the world’s Muslims into the same category as ISIS, which is exactly what Donald Trump is doing.”
“I have a lot of trouble with people like Clint Eastwood who grew up with all of the advantages in the 1940s and 1950s of being a white man telling other people about racism,” she said. “I don’t think he’s experienced racism.”
Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast Aug. 4, 2016.