(National Sentinel) No Laughing Matter: Actor, comedian and Hollywood legend Bill Murray is praising President Donald J. Trump’s tax cuts as good for the economy while hitting Democrats for being divisive and for failing to represent all Americans.
During an interview with CNBC‘s “Squawk Box” program, Murray said political discourse throughout the country has become so coarse it’s like a “Clash of Clans every day, first thing in the morning.”
“People are going to war over so much,” he added.
He noted that Democrats essentially practice identity politics — that is, choosing to represent certain minorities and ethnic groups instead of all Americans, which he said is divisive.
“My friend who’s a great comedy writer, Jim Downey, he’s accused of being a right-wing comedy writer, if there is such a thing,” Murray told CNBC. “He says, ‘No, I just think the way the Democrats handle things is poor, where they try to pick out little pieces of a population, oh well we represent the Hispanics, we represent the LGBT or something.'”
“And they’re not speaking to everyone at once. And it’s almost demeaning to say, ‘I’m choosing you because you’re a splinter group or you’re a certain minority group,'” he added.
“There’s almost a resentment that somehow you’re separated, again, by a politician — ‘You’re my people. I’m in control of you, I represent you,’ instead of thinking that each citizen has a right to be respected as a citizen first, under the laws of the country.”
Murray suggested that times of deep political division can subsequently lead to periods of unity. He also said that in today’s hyper-political environment, it was difficult to do any political comedy.
“How can Kristen Wiig make everyone laugh?’ he asked. “She’s not thinking about being political, she’s thinking about what resonates and what is common to all of us.
“I think that’s harder and harder to do because people are trying to win their point of view as opposed to saying, ‘What if I had spoke to everyone?'” he noted.
Murray also praised the GOP/Trump tax cuts.
“The change in the tax law is a great thing for the corporations, it’s a fantastic thing,” he said.
“I don’t pretend to understand what that will mean in the future in terms of the economy or what the budget will have to do to take care of what people call entitlements,” he said.
“In the first step, it’s made things easier. I think people feel like there was probably too much regulation, and yet you just hope that they don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater when breaking down regulations,” the Ghostbusters star said.
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