Liberals on social media were sent into a frenzy when they learned Hollywood actor Vince Vaughn shook President Trump’s hand and sat with him and First Lady Melania Trump to watch the College Football Championship game between LSU and Clemson.
During the game, a camera panned away from the action on the field to show President Trump and Vaughn talking, sparking what would be an eventual liberal meltdown. A video of the exchange was later uploaded to social media, only adding fuel to the frenzy.
Daily Mail reports:
A video of the actor chatting with the president and first lady in a suite at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome went viral as some users slammed Vaughn and others mocked his critics.
Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond is heard blaring through stadium speakers as Vaughn and Donald exchange pleasantries for about 15 seconds while Melania sits between the two men.
Vaughn then shakes the president’s hand before standing up and waving as he walks away.
Watch the exchange below:
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“I’m very sorry to have to share this video with you. All of it, every part of it,” journalist Timothy Bruke captioned a video of the exchange.
“Vince Vaughn had the chance to stand up to a rapist, traitor, and child murderer, and instead he enthusiastically shook Donald Trump’s hand. F**k em both,” added liberal blogger Bill Palmer, per the Daily Mail.
“I used to have a massive crush on Vince Vaughn. Now I just want to barf,” another user said.
“OMG the humanity! This is terrible! We must all now hate Vince Vaughn! You would have done great under Stalin,” Washington Post journalist Marc Thiessen said about the incident, perhaps sarcastically.
As for more reasonable responses, Twitter user @Stanimal032 tweeted: “I’m sorry, but if Vince Vaughn shaking Trump’s hand makes you lose your mind, you’ve got some issues you may want to contact a professional about.”
“If anyone is mad at Vince Vaughn for having a conversation with the President at a sporting event last night, they are the problem. Civility is something that needs to come back in America,” @JoeyOfTheWorld said in a series of posts.
Adding, “Having a conversation with someone does not make you a criminal.”
If anyone is mad at Vince Vaughn for having a conversation with the President at a sporting event last night, they are the problem. Civility is something that needs to come back in America. Having a conversation with someone does not make you a criminal.
— Joey M. (@JoeyOfTheWorld) January 14, 2020
If we, as Americans, can’t start talking to those who we politically disagree with again then we are going to lose the very fabric of our country. We have so much more in common than we have differences.
— Joey M. (@JoeyOfTheWorld) January 14, 2020
“Not sure why people are surprised that Vince Vaughn talks to Donald Trump. He’s been a conservative forever,” another user said, noting Vaugh’s previously expressed support for Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul and 2012’s Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
In addition to backing these candidates, the Daily Mail reports Vaughn has also expressed support for conservative policies:
Vaughn has shared conservative opinions on issues such as gun control, taxes and limited government on several occasions over the past few years.
He opened up about his views on Second Amendment rights in a GQ interview in 2015, telling the magazine: ‘I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home. We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech.’
Asked whether teachers should be allowed to carry firearms in schools, Vaughn said: ‘Of course. You think the politicians that run my country and your country don’t have guns in the schools their kids go to? They do.’
He added: ‘And we should be allowed the same rights. Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat. Taking away guns, taking away drugs, the booze, it won’t rid the world of criminality.’
Vaughn reportedly backed two Republican presidential candidates in 2012 – Ron Paul and the nominee Mitt Romney.