Dennis Quaid Says He's Voting for Trump: 'He's an A**hole, but He's My A**hole'

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It's nice to be reminded, now and then, that show business personalities are not all shrieking "progressive" lunatics.

Actor Dennis Quaid, known for such films as "The Alamo" and "Wyatt Earp" and the star of the upcoming "Reagan" appeared on Piers Morgan's "Uncensored" and had some things to say about his presidential vote.



Personally, I would have phrased that differently, but it certainly gets the point across.

Mr. Quaid makes some interesting points, and they are points that we have been kicking around ever since Donald Trump walked down that golden elevator and announced his presidential ambitions. In the Piers Morgan interview, he points out:

I was ready not to vote for Trump, until, what I saw is more than politics, what I see is a weaponization of our justice system, and a challenge to our constitution. This is (inaudible) as Americans, we aren't going to be able to have. And, um, you know, Trump is probably the most investigated person, probably, in the history of the world. And they haven't been able to really get him. People might call him an a**hole. But he's my a**hole.

This isn't the first time the actor has spoken in support of the former President.

Dennis Quaid, renowned for his role in the upcoming biopic "Reagan," recently expressed his admiration for Donald Trump's proactive community engagement in New York City. Following Trump's impactful rally in the South Bronx, Quaid shared his thoughts during an interview on "Jesse Watters Primetime." He praised the former president for his presence in minority neighbourhoods, highlighting how these efforts humanize him amidst political adversities.



The actor also drew historical parallels with Ronald Reagan's visit to the same Bronx area in 1980. At that time, Reagan criticized then-President Jimmy Carter for his lacklustre urban revitalization efforts, likening the neglected borough to post-war London.

Times have changed a lot, granted, but it's important to note that Ronald Reagan won New York in 1980 when he gave Jimmy Carter a 489-49 Electoral College vote drubbing - and then Reagan went on to take New York again when he handed Walter Mondale a beating in the historic 1984 49-state landslide re-election, winning 525-13 in the Electoral College.

Quaid's evaluation of Trump is not really off-base. Donald Trump can be thin-skinned, prickly, boorish, and rude. But that doesn't disqualify him from the Presidency, nor did it prevent him from doing a pretty good job in his first term, despite being, as Mr. Quaid puts it, the most investigated person in the history of the world.

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I've long had a sort of informal mental test that I apply to politicians (and other people) I call the "beer test," as in, "Would I sit down for a few beers with this person?" Trump rates a qualified yes here; one would want to establish right up front that he has one's vote (he has mine) and things then would go pretty well. Joe Biden? The guy can barely speak. Barack Obama? A crashing bore who would talk about himself the whole time. George W. Bush? He seems personable enough. Bill Clinton? He might be a fun guy to hang out with at a strip club, but you'd want to keep a tight grip on your wallet.


But a person doesn't have to be a nice guy to be an effective leader. Dennis Quaid clearly understands this. And, judging from the latest polls, lots of his fellow Americans do as well.

Dennis Quaid stars in the biopic "Reagan," which releases in theaters in August.


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