Actor Kelsey Grammer applauded President Donald Trump during a recent interview and called Washington politicians a “bunch of clowns” in the very same breath.
What did he say?
Grammer, who is currently starring in a West End production of “Man of La Mancha” in London, sat down for a Wednesday interview on PBS’ “Amanpour & Co.” with host Christiane Amanpour.
An outspoken Republican, Grammer told Amanpour that he doesn’t believe his politics have ever impacted his career.
“Can I ask you, Kelsey, because we were talking obviously about today’s politics and it’s very divisive, very partisan, whether it’s in the United States, whether it’s here,” Amanpour began. “You are one of those rare Hollywood beasts who is conservative, and you voted for Donald Trump. And I just wonder, what, whether you sort of took any hits in Hollywood for that? Did you feel that you were sort of marginalized?”
Grammer said he didn’t believe that he, individually, was impacted by his conservative politics, but acknowledged the rift between liberals and conservatives.
“I’m not aware of taking a hit for it but now, certainly passions run high, and certainly [Trump] has touched on an extraordinarily passionate response,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s as serious or horrible as everybody wants it to be.”
Amanpour continued, seemingly attempting to push Grammer into saying something negative or controversial about the president or his administration.
“I was wondering,” she added, “whether you thought the sort of — many sort of people believe this sort of fabric is being disrupted.”
Grammer responded, “Well, I think fabric being disrupted is a good thing. … I don’t think Washington — Washington didn’t do us any favors for the last 50, 60 years. I think they’ve all been sort of the same party, they’re same bunch of clowns, the same bunch of really unpleasant people.”
“And,” he continued, “I don’t think they’ve been helping anybody but themselves.”
He later concluded the interview by downplaying division in the U.S.
“The American people will be just fine,” he said. “We’ve been through a lot worse.”