- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 1, 2015

Alec Baldwin blasted presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump for “warmongering” this campaign season instead of focusing on what he believes to be the most important issue of the day: world peace.

The actor said he’s doing his best to reserve comment on the presidential race until 2016, but sat down briefly to discuss the topic with The Hollywood Reporter at Wednesday night’s CLIO Awards in New York City.

He said he’s most annoyed that peace has become “a quaint idea.”

“Every single person, Democrat or Republican, you never hear them talk about peace — like peace is a naive idea,” Mr. Baldwin, 57, told THR. “They’re all bull–- warmongering — Hillary, Trump, everyone of them. And that’s tragic. That’s the biggest tragedy of the race.

“I think there’s a lot of people in that game, and it’s all going to change after the first of the year [of campaigning] so we’ll see what happens. I don’t take any of it seriously now,” he said before the ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History. “Between now and the spring is an eternity — a lot of people will drop out.”

Still, Mr. Baldwin doesn’t believe Mr. Trump could win the Republican nomination.

“I doubt [public support] will go to Trump,” he explained. “I think that Trump is a person who’s been a very successful man in some ways, but whether that translates into authoring, or shepherding — because very often the president is not the author of his policy, but he’s certainly the frontman or frontwoman, as the case may be — whether that translates [with] Trump’s skills, I don’t know.

“Without making any comments, other businessmen who have risen to power in this city and nationwide seem to want the government to be run like a business,” he added, alluding to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, THR reported. “The government certainly needs to be run in a more businesslike fashion, but you can never run the government like a business. Business are for-profit … whereas the government is to be run to do the most good for the most people. You don’t see that happening now.”

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