Meryl Streep Thinks Trump Rallies Are Driven by Bloodlust

August 10th, 2016 3:52 PM

Actress and Hillary Clinton supporter Meryl Streep had a few choice things to say about Clint Eastwood’s recent interview with Esquire magazine, where he said if he had to choose between Clinton and Trump, it’s obvious he would choose Trump: “That’s a tough one, isn’t it? I’d have to go for Trump … you know, ’cause she’s declared that she’s gonna follow in Obama’s footsteps.” 

Eastwood also commented on how tough it would be to listen to Clinton’s voice for four years – something I’m sure most people would agree on.

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Speaking to Variety magazine, Streep expressed “shock” at Eastwood’s comments: “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.”

It’s fair to wonder how shocking it was for Streep when Eastwood was an outspoken supporter of Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election where he took the stage at the RNC and famously (and hilariously) compared President Barack Obama to an empty chair.

Streep seems to think that people act differently when they are alone or with only a few people, but when together in large groups, it’s another story.  She told Variety:

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… 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.

Streep should then also consider putting the Black Lives Matter folks into that group considering their disruption, violence, and penchant for racial division has been very well documented, compared to the fewer and smaller scale incidents that have happened at Trump rallies.