- The Washington Times - Monday, January 16, 2017

Political commentator and actor Ben Stein says Hollywood is a united front of “thuggish bullies” who seek to stifle debate and silence anyone who might support President-elect Donald Trump.

Appearing Friday on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” the Emmy Award-winning actor said his career in Hollywood is “pretty much over” because of his outspoken support for the Republican Party over the years.

“I’ve earned my living, most of it in the vineyards of Hollywood for the last 40 years, and a bigger bunch of bullies you have never seen in your life,” Mr. Stein said. “Think of the most thuggish bullies in West Side Story and you’ve got it. On the other hand, some of them are very nice people. But they are a united, blacklisting front who will go against anyone that they think is politically undesirable.

“They’re not for freedom of speech, they’re not for freedom of expression. They are exactly the opposite of that,” he continued. “There’s some wonderful people here, Norman Lear is one of them. But this Hollywood in general is trying to shut down free debate within Hollywood. There are plenty of people in Hollywood that like Donald Trump. They’re afraid to say a word about it because they know they’re going to be paying consequences. I know this for a fact.”

Mr. Stein said he personally knows people who have lost friends and even agents because of their support for Mr. Trump.

“Hollywood is a one-party, one-policy state. You cannot go against the prevailing wisdom, you cannot go against the wisdom of the crowd or you’re in real trouble,” he said.

“They think of themselves as workers and proletariats and the warriors of the revolution, but they’re also snobs,” he continued. “They’re also incredible snobs, so they look down on Donald Trump even though he’s rich because they think he’s trashy rich. Like Archie Bunker who suddenly got 11 billion dollars.”

Mr. Stein said that while his “career in Hollywood is pretty much over,” he was recently offered a part in an upcoming movie. He didn’t say whether he accepted the role.

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