Clint Eastwood backs former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg for president, and disapproves of President Trump’s behavior.
The 89-year-old Dirty Harry actor told The Wall Street Journal that while he supports ‘certain things that Trump’s done,’ he thinks the former reality TV host should act ‘in a more genteel way, without tweeting and calling people names.
‘I would personally like for him to not bring himself to that level,’ the Academy Award-winner told the Journal.
He then said: ‘The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there.’
Bloomberg, the former Republican who later became an independent, made a late entry into the race for the Democratic party nomination.
The media mogul whose net worth is said to be more than $63 billion has so far spent hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money on ads across the country.
The ad blitz appears to be working as polls show Bloomberg within striking distance of the front-runner, Senator Bernie Sanders.
The former New York City mayor has also secured several endorsements from prominent Democrats in Congress.
On Wednesday, however, Bloomberg appeared unprepared and performed badly during a debate with the other candidates in Las Vegas.
Bloomberg has also had to fend off criticism about his past support for controversial policies like ‘stop-and-frisk’ as well as his company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations by women employees.
Eastwood, now a self-proclaimed libertarian, has not been shy about making his political views known.
In 2012, Eastwood gave a speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa endorsing Mitt Romney for president.
He famously stood on stage and spoke to an empty chair that represented then-President Barack Obama.
Eastwood has also held public office.
In 1986, he was elected as the nonpartisan mayor of his hometown of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, an office he held for two years.
In the interview with the Journal, Eastwood also weighed in on the #MeToo movement.
‘The #MeToo generation has its points,’ the filmmaker said, praising women for ‘standing up against people who are trying to shake you down for sexual favors.’
Eastwood acknowledged that women in Hollywood have been victimized by powerful men for decades.
‘It was very prolific back in the 1940s and ’50s,’ he said, adding, ‘and the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s…’