Funnyman podcaster Russell Brand doesn’t understand how the left’s condemnation of the Americans who voted for former President Donald Trump is anything less than divisive.
In an interview with Ben Shapiro on the “Sunday Show,” Brand explained that his fans often mistakenly believe that he is a Communist that promotes consolidation of government power, but that can’t be further than the truth.
“This is not what I believe in at all,” he told Shapiro. “I believe that all of us have a right — like, you know, Constitutional, Thomas Paine type territory — all of us have a right to pursue happiness and freedom … And I don’t think that can be possible if there’s too much-centralized state power intervening in the lives of individuals.”
In fact, he is more inclined towards empathizing with ordinary people that feel disregarded by the political elite. “I’m pretty populist in loads and loads of ways. In fact, I feel like I’m ultimately a populist,” he said about his personal political views.
The “Rock of Ages” actor thinks populism is why Trump was able to rapidly build a base as a political outsider and ultimately get elected to office in 2016.
“When every single decision has to pass through the prism of powerful people’s interest and the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street, like, what real chance is there for ordinary people?” Brand pondered.
“The Forgetting Sarah Marshall” star noted that Trump appealed to people that weren’t as “privileged” as woke liberals made them out to be.
“The wave that Trump rode to power, you know, that energy came from somewhere,” Brand said, “and it’s got to go somewhere. And like the constant condemnation of people that found hope in Donald Trump. I don’t see how that’s leading to the solution.”
Brand thinks the path towards healing a divided nation comes through discourse with those who have opposing political views.
“I want us in this time of division and fragmentation and fracture to find ways of coming together in peace, that’s why I’m chatting to Candace Owens and to you,” he told Shapiro. “I don’t want to sit around chatting with people I agree with. I want to talk to people, where there are areas of concern and discontent and we find ways that we can harmonize.”