- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 21, 2017

Trump-supporting actor Stephen Baldwin claims there is a “large constituency in Hollywood” who voted for the president but are too afraid to admit it for fear of being blacklisted.

Mr. Baldwin, host of the new RT docuseries “The Great American Pilgrimage,” in which he tours the U.S. talking to Americans about the state of the union, told The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul Bond that he knows plenty of people in the entertainment business who have been forced by the current climate to keep their conservative views under wraps.

“I have really smart friends who are succeeding quite well as producers, writers and financiers, and they hold conservative views but they cannot speak their minds — at all,” the 51-year-old “The Usual Suspects” star said.

“There’s a large constituency in Hollywood who voted for Trump but will never admit to that. And, Paul, I’m calling it now: With the amount of money Alec [Baldwin] is going to make with this new tax cut, I bet he votes for Trump for re-election. Just saying!” he said.

Mr. Baldwin said his older, Trump-bashing brother Alec will be happy when his movie earnings “go a long way because of Trump.”

Despite his forecast, Stephen admitted that he hasn’t spoken to his brother since Mr. Trump’s upset victory in 2016.

“I haven’t spoken to him since the election,” he said. “That’s the truth. That is by his choice. We grew up in a dumb-jock, competitive, ‘Friday Night Lights’ kind of environment. And I’m sorry, Paul, but my guy won. Sorry. That’s what happened.

“I like him because we’re the same kind of guy,” he said of the president. “He’s going to do what he thinks is best, and I’m the kind of guy, like Trump, who doesn’t like to confuse who I am or what I need to do. The biggest thing is financially. I’m guessing this Christmas, retail sales will be the highest they’ve been in 15 years, maybe more.

“It’s long overdue to see someone with this kind of brash, these kind of balls, really, to take on all this corruption,” he added. “I don’t want to steer the conversation into dossiers and that BS, but it’s refreshing that he’s so far outside the politician box.”

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