In the latest Esquire cover story, Clint Eastwood told us that when it comes down to voting for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, he’d have to go for the latter.
“I’d have to go for Trump … you know, ’cause she’s declared that she’s gonna follow in Obama’s footsteps. There’s been just too much funny business on both sides of the aisle,” Eastwood said. “She’s made a lot of dough out of being a politician. I gave up dough to be a politician. I’m sure that Ronald Reagan gave up dough to be a politician.”
While Eastwood has never been shy about his right-leaning political values—he famously spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2012—his decision to vote for Trump still came as a surprise to some.
Maryl Streep, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention on behalf of Clinton, told Variety that she’s surprised at Eastwood’s opinion of Trump.
“I didn’t know that,” Streep said of Eastwood voting for Trump. “I’ll have to speak to him. I’ll have to correct that! I’m shocked. I really am. Because he’s more — I would have thought he would be more sensitive than that.”
Earlier this year, Streep wore a fat suit and orange makeup to play Trump in a satirical performance.
“When you get a lot of people in a group, it can go good or it can go bad in a way that [overrides] each individual person,” Streep told Variety. “The aggregate of everybody’s emotion, it’s such a powerful thing. You can see it in the Trump rallies, where people I just know, in their living rooms, would be better people, are driven to the worst possibilities by the bloodlust in a crowd. It just gets ginned up and they’re outside of themselves. They’re behaving as a larger unit, not just themselves.”