In an interview published on Monday in The Hollywood Reporter, Hollywood actor Bryan Cranston sharply criticized at least some of President Donald Trump's critics.
What did he say?
While discussing his latest film, The Hollywood Reporter asked, "You’ve previously been particularly vocal about your opposition to Trump. Has your opinion changed throughout his first year in office?"
Cranston came back with an extremely well-thought-out answer.
"President Trump is not the person who I wanted to be in that office, and I’ve been very open about that," Cranston began. "That being said, he is the president. If he fails, the country is in jeopardy."
Explaining his stance, Cranston continued, "It would be egotistical for anyone to say, 'I hope he fails.' To that person I would say, f*** you. Why would you want that? So you can be right?"
"I don’t want him to fail," he added. "I want him to succeed. I do. I honestly do … And if you’ve got a good idea that helps the country, oh man, I’m gonna support you."
Cranston added that party affiliation doesn't matter to him, and he's willing to listen to — and support — anyone who has a healthy concept of how to run the U.S.
He concluded, "We’ve got to get away from this idea that our country is political football, and someone with a different opinion is the enemy. Assume they love this country as much as you do, and there’s always room for improvement. How can we make it better?"
Why is this shocking?
Cranston, during the 2016 presidential race, once quipped that if Trump were elected as president, he would leave the country.