David Lynch, legendary Hollywood director, is clarifying comments he made about President Donald Trump in an interview published on Saturday in The Guardian — with an open letter to the president himself.
What did he say?
On Saturday, The Guardian released a wide-ranging interview with Lynch, which touched upon Trump's presidency.
During the course of the interview, Lynch admitted to The Guardian's Rory Carroll that Trump could "go down as one of the greatest presidents in history."
Lynch explained Trump could go down as "one of the greatest" simply "because [Trump] has disrupted the thing so much.”
“I am not really a political person, but I really like the freedom to do what you want to do,” Lynch added. “No one is able to counter this guy in an intelligent way.”
“Our so-called leaders can’t take the country forward, can’t get anything done,” Lynch said. “Like children, they are. Trump has shown all this.”
What's he saying now?
Lynch addressed his initial remarks after they went viral on the internet.
In a Tuesday Facebook post, the director clarified his comments, and somewhat doubled down on his previous assertion that Trump could "go down as one of the greatest presidents" in U.S. history despite saying that his remark was "taken a bit out of context."
He explained that he'd like to meet with the president face to face in order to discuss what, precisely, he meant and noted that Trump very well could go down as one of the greatest U.S. presidents — if Trump decides to "turn the ship around."
In his full post, Lynch wrote:
Dear Mr. President,
This is David Lynch writing. I saw that you re-tweeted the Breitbart article with the heading – Director David Lynch: Trump ‘Could Go Down as One of the Greatest Presidents in History.’ I wish you and I could sit down and have a talk. This quote which has traveled around was taken a bit out of context and would need some explaining.
Unfortunately, if you continue as you have been, you will not have a chance to go down in history as a great president. This would be very sad it seems for you – and for the country. You are causing suffering and division.
It’s not too late to turn the ship around. Point our ship toward a bright future for all. You can unite the country. Your soul will sing. Under great loving leadership, no one loses – everybody wins. It’s something I hope you think about and take to heart. All you need to do is treat all the people as you would like to be treated.
Lynch's post has currently received over 11,000 likes in just the first hour of it being live, and has been shared over 2,000 times.