Breaking: Bad Take From Bryan Cranston

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Throughout the election, Bryan Cranston was an extremely vocal critic of Donald Trump, but his tune changed after Trump was elected took office. While still skeptical, Cranston opted to “take the high road” and hope that Trump could work to “unify our wounded country.” And despite Trump’s repeated attempts to divide America and strip them of their healthcare, the Breaking Bad star still thinks that wishing Trump success is the best solution.


In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cranston discussed wanting Trump to succeed as president. When asked if his opinion about Trump has changed since Trump was inaugurated, Cranston responded:

It’s just astonishing to me. President Trump is not the person who I wanted to be in that office, and I’ve been very open about that. That being said, he is the president. If he fails, the country is in jeopardy. It would be egotistical for anyone to say, “I hope he fails.” To that person I would say, fuck you. Why would you want that? So you can be right?

I don’t want him to fail. 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. I don’t care if you’re a Republican and I’m a Democrat or whatever, I don’t care. A good idea’s a good idea. Let’s do that. 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?

I suppose Cranston’s biggest mistake is assuming Trump abides by logic (even though Cranston said he thinks Trump has a “mental illness”) or actually has America’s best interest in mind. There is literally no reason for us to believe that Trump loves America in a way that benefits anyone who isn’t a rich white cis man. Lest we forget, the man defended white nationalists in Charlottesville. And repealed DACA. And announced the dismissal of transgender people from the armed forces.

Besides, throughout the campaign, Trump promised to crack down on immigration, repeal Obamacare, and defund Planned Parenthood among other things, all of which target the most vulnerable people in America. Perhaps people like Bryan Cranston may remain immune, but technically, if Trump succeeds, the country will (continue to) be in jeopardy.

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