“Man of Steel” and “Boardwalk Empire” actor Michael Shannon revealed in recent interviews he has no kind words for Donald Trump. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, since Hollywood has essentially declared war on the president-elect.
What should come as a surprise, and perhaps be concerning, is the vitriol in Shannon’s comments about both Trump and anyone who voted for the Republican nominee.
“If you’re voting for Trump, it’s time for the urn.”
In a chat with Rogerebert.com’s Nick Allen about the new film “Nocturnal Animals,” Shannon made his feelings about a Trump presidency very, very clear. The usually shy actor let loose and was more candid than before in any interview.
“I don’t know how people got so ***damn stupid. But it’s really weird, because it’s like the last eight years — now it feels like a lie. Like, this has been festering underneath the whole time. Racists, sexists. And a lot of these people, they don’t know why the f*** they’re alive. They know it. They’re doing drugs, f***ing killing themselves. Because they’re like, ‘Why the f*** am I alive? I can’t get a job, I don’t know anything about anything, I have no curiosity for life or the world.’ So this Trump thing is like getting a box of firecrackers, or something. It’s like, ‘Well, this will be fun for a little while, this’ll kill some time,'” Shannon said, using his apparently vivid imagination to express what he imagines Trump voters might be thinking.
The Academy Award nominee (for his work in the 2009 film “Revolutionary Road”) continued by saying a Trump presidency “is going to destroy civilization as we know it, and the earth.”
In a separate interview with Metro News, Shannon kept up the vitriol: “Maybe you need a civil war or something.”
The actor claimed that if millennials were in charge, Hillary Clinton would be the president-elect.
“There’s a lot of old people who need to realize they’ve had a nice life, and it’s time for them to move on. Because they’re the ones who go out and vote for these a**holes. If you look at the young people, between 18 and 25, if it was up to them, Hillary would have been president. No offense to the seniors out there. My mom’s a senior citizen. But if you’re voting for Trump, it’s time for the urn.”
Yet even that was not the most ridiculous or offensive thing Shannon said. He claims young voters would have put Clinton in the White House if not for those pesky senior citizens — when one of Clinton’s major problems was connecting with millennials.
A New York Times exit poll suggested Clinton barely won the majority of young voters on Election Day. Some 55 percent of voters between the ages of 18 to 29 voted for the scandal-friendly candidate, while 37 percent voted for Donald Trump. Meanwhile, only 50 percent of people between the ages of 30 and 44 voted for Clinton, while 42 percent voted for Trump — millennials are typically between the ages of 18 and 34.
Another national exit poll conducted by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) found more young adults this election than the 2012 election “supported a third-party candidate” or “did not vote for a presidential candidate.”
Polls before the election displayed a significant number of millennial voters supporting third-party candidates, as opposed to the Democratic Party. One NBC News poll found 44 percent supported third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein — so to suggest Clinton was a victim of older voters who did not support her is way off course and only fits the myopic view of someone unable to look beyond their supremely disliked candidate.
What’s more shocking in Shannon’s comments is the level of discourse he reduces himself to when talking about voters and the man who will soon be president.
Leftists likes to think they are on the philosophically open side of political discourse — yet people like Shannon suggest every Trump voter is a jobless sexist and racist with no concern for the country or its direction.
The Left poked fun at people like George W. Bush and Mitt Romney — but Shannon’s comments are a bad sign for discourse over the next four years.
Under Trump, this individual feels comfortable suggesting “civil war” and openly calling for a large bloc of voters to die. If Trump had lost and this was a public supporter speaking of Clinton and her voters — the story would be very different. An apology would be demanded, jobs would likely be lost, and moviegoers would be in disarray. With someone on the Left saying these things, it appears to simply be par for the course.