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Clint Eastwood has just voiced support for… Mike Bloomberg.
In 2016, Eastwood famously said, “I’d have to go for Trump.”
Eastwood is known for being a registered libertarian with conservative views.
This makes the sudden support for Bloomberg even more surprising.
See the latest developments below:
Eastwood supports some of Trump's policies.
He even approves of some of Trump's ideologies.
So why the sudden switch?
Turns out Eastwood wishes Trump would be more "genteel, without tweeting."
Fox News has more details on the surprising development:
Clint Eastwood is breaking his silence over the 2020 presidential hopeful he believes is best fit for office.
The 89-year-old discussed the #MeToo movement, career highlights and dished on his political views in a revealing interview with the Wall Street Journal, and it turns out Mike Bloomberg has the actor's support.
"The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there," Eastwood told the outlet.
Eastwood, who described himself to the outlet as a libertarian who has "respect for other people’s ideas and is willing to learn constantly," said there are "certain things" Trump has done during his presidency that he approves of.
But the "Richard Jewell" director said he still takes issue with the "ornery" state of politics in America, adding that he'd like to see the president act "in a more genteel way, without tweeting and calling people names."
"I would personally not like for him [Trump] to not bring himself to that level," Eastwood added.
Users on Twitter were quick to point out the odd endorsement.
This is the same Clint Eastwood who debated the empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
He pretended as if it was President Obama.
Eastwood has been fervent in his calls for less government.
Yet... he is supporting a candidate who has increased government regulations and bans in New York City.
One of the most famous cases is Bloomberg's ban on big soda.
Newsweek confirms that Eastwood wants Trump to tweet less and is supporting Bloomberg instead:
Actor and director Clint Eastwood said he wished President Donald Trump acted "in a more genteel way," and voiced his support for former New York Mayor Bloomberg in the upcoming presidential election.
In a Wall Street Journal interview, the Gran Torino actor said that while he agreed with some of Trump's policies, the president should refrain from name-calling and tweeting. "I would personally like for him to not bring himself to that level," Eastwood said.
Eastwood, who has mostly held conservative views and is a registered libertarian, also mentioned that he believe Bloomberg may be the ideal candidate. "The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there," he said.
The sentiment about Trump echoes similar comments Eastwood made in a 2016 interview with Esquire. "What Trump is onto is he's just saying what's on his mind. And sometimes it's not so good," he said. "And sometimes it's ... I mean, I can understand where he's coming from, but I don't always agree with it."
Although he didn't endorse Trump, Eastwood did say in the Esquire interview that he would vote for him over former First Lady Hillary Clinton. "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. "
You can watch Eastwood's famous empty chair debate with Obama at the 2012 GOP Convention below: