In a new interview with Rolling Stone, comedian and director Judd Apatow gave his interpretation of the Trump effect that took over the country and led to the Republican nominee’s upset victory on November 8.
Speaking on what a Trump presidency means both for the country and for his supporters in particular, Apatow shared, “I think a lot of people were hurting. But to turn to this man and think he’s going to solve your problems is crazy. It’s sad to me that people thought he was about taking care of people who are struggling.”
On the topic of change, he continued, “What [Trump] will do is get rid of regulations and bring in new laws that will just allow corporations to extract more money from the economy. It won’t go to the people who need it the most. It’ll be sad to watch people realize that that’s what they voted for.”
“At some level, [Trump voters] wanted an abusive father; a giant, collective, unconscious wound gets served by having this dark, cold man get elected to this position,” he told the outlet.
Apatow continued, “This is a man who doesn’t do diapers. Whose kids have to hang out in his office to get to see him. He doesn’t care about anybody.”
The director also spoke about his reaction as the election results rolled in on Tuesday and what it was like watching the country elect Trump with his 14-year-old daughter. “It was a terrible thing – to watch a daughter see such a lack of interest and respect for women,” he said.
“I look at it very simply,” Apatow said, “Even if you believe in different trade deals, a bigger military, and so on, you still shouldn’t elect the man that is a liar and a misogynist. He’s not a sane man.”