Vince Vaughn reacts to backlash he faced for shaking Trump’s hand

Jami Ganz, New York Daily News
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Vince Vaughn is crashing the cancel culture party.

The “Wedding Crashers” star has finally opened up about the backlash he faced in January after footage of him shaking hands with President Trump at a college football game was splashed across social media.

“I think people are more charged than ever about these things,” the 50-year-old “Freaky” star told Los Angeles Times in a new interview, published Friday. “But I don’t think most people take that stuff as seriously as the small percentage that’s making noise about it. I was raised with the idea that you could have different likes and beliefs and you should respect and defend that in other people, not shout it down.”

The “Swingers” star added that those “you disagree with the most, you should stand up for their right to do that.”

He explained to the outlet that throughout his career, he’s “met a lot of politicians who I’ve always been cordial to,” including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat and one of Trump’s most outspoken critics.

At the same football game where he greeted the “Apprentice” host, the “Old School” star noted he also brushed elbows with Democratic strategist James Carville, who had a cameo in the 2003 flick.

“We said hello. He was very personable,” Vaughn, who identifies as a libertarian, told the L.A. Times, noting he hadn’t met Carville prior. “I didn’t get into policies.”

The “True Detective” also explained that those who consequently believed him to be a Trump supporter were incorrect.

“The only candidate I ever supported is Ron Paul,” Vaughn said, referring to the former Libertarian presidential nominee. “I don’t have a party that I support and endorse. In fact, for me sometimes it’s difficult to find a candidate that you feel is philosophically consistent and not just going along with whoever is funding their particular party. That’s as much as I’ll get into at this point.”


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