Actor Jeff Bridges didn’t want President Donald Trump to win the election, and he doesn’t agree with the president’s policies regarding federal food assistance programs, but in a new Associated Press interview he said he is “rooting” for President Trump as “a human being.”
Bridges did not condemn others who have reacted strongly to Trump’s election and first months as president, but he also seemed unwilling to emulate them.
“Everybody has something different and unique to contribute to society and with different ways of doing it,” Bridges said. “Some people will be blatantly out there talking about their disappointments and ridiculing the way President Trump is acting.”
Bridges takes a different approach.
“I’m rooting for him to do well by our country,” Bridges said. “I’m rooting for him as a human being to do the cool thing.”
For Bridges, that would mean ensuring that childhood hunger is not exacerbated by Trump’s policies.
“The health of our children is a wonderful compass that can tell us if our country is going the right direction,” he said. “That means we’re off course, so I’m rooting for the president to get on course.”
Although Bridges supported Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, he has looked at the positive side of life ever since Trump’s election.
“I’m rooting for the guy, Mr. Trump,” he said in a November interview. “One of the things that’s most appealing about him is his unpredictability. A less kind word might be his hypocrisy, but unpredictability and hypocrisy are things that each of us human being share. It’s something we all struggle with and work with.”
“I’m rooting for the guy, but we’ll see how it all goes. You just don’t know how it will all work out,” he added.
In January, shortly after Trump’s inauguration sparked large-scale national protests, Bridges urged everyone to calm down.
“We point fingers at people, we point fingers at Trump, he points fingers at people. How are we going to come together and realize that we’re on this little dust speck in space, you know?” Bridges said.
“Things are finite here, you know. How are we going to work together to make the most beautiful existence that we can, you know?” he said.
Bridges said that people working together as individuals can close gaps.
“Just be with these people who feel opposite than you, and just kind of be with this uncomfortable feeling, like, what are we going to do? If you spend enough time in that situation, not knowing yourself, not having such a strong opinion that you can’t hear anybody else, some kind of loving action will come out of that,” he said.