Liberal actress Ashley Judd said on social media Saturday that she had a confrontation with a supporter of President Donald Trump that left her feeling “scared.”
Judd, an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan, wrote on Facebook that she was approached by the Trump fan while attending a Kentucky basketball game.
“An older man with white hair came up to me at my seat today at a basketball game. He said ‘May I take your picture?’ I said ‘Yes.’ And before I could offer for him to be in the picture with me, 6 inches from my face, he took my picture with his phone. He said ‘I’m from Big Stone gap.’ I said, ‘I love Big Stone Gap! What a beautiful town, I loved making the movie there.’ I went on to say how good the cooking is, mentioning, of course, the pineapple upside down cake and pumpkin pie!
In my mind I was getting ready to ask him about the national parks and if he ever spends time in especially the Thomas Jefferson National Park – but something inside of me was already clenching and I concluded by simply saying ‘I like Big Stone Gap.’
He said to me with open hostility as he was backing away, ‘We like Trump.'”
At this point, Judd’s recollection of the story seemed to change. She described the man as “aggressive,” and said he seemed upset. “Of course, it’s very clear now that as I was being friendly and talking, his affect was angry,” Judd said. “And it’s also clear that his entire approach to me and aggressive sticking his phone 6 inches in front of my face to take my picture was a part of his plan to treat me with rudeness, aggression, and disrespect.”
Though she offered no evidence other than speculating that the man might have done something “undignified” with the picture he took, she continued, saying that she refrained from responding to him that he must belong to the party of the Ku Klux Klan. “I could’ve easily retorted to this man, for example, with ‘Well, I know everything I need to know about you now, Sir, you voted with the KKK,'” she wrote.
“I also feel both for myself and everyone else who has both participated in and is on the receiving end of a hostile act like this which seeks to intimidate. It’s not nice. I’m so sorry that our public spaces can be like this,” Judd said before encouraging others to share their own #NoPoliticsHere stories below her post.