- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Oscar-winning actress and liberal activist Jennifer Lawrence said she was disgusted by the Democrats’ chastising of Trump supporters during the 2016 presidential election.

The Kentucky native, a Hillary Clinton supporter and vocal critic of President Trump, told Vanity Fair in an interview published Tuesday that she understands why working-class people voted for Mr. Trump, and that she strongly disagreed with the way Mrs. Clinton and her supporters tried to belittle his base.

Here’s “a big powerful man in a nice suit, pointing at you and going, ‘I’m going to make you rich.’ It’s so appealing,” Ms. Lawrence, 27, said. “The Democrats made a huge mistake by chastising the Trump supporters, and that was disgusting to me. Of course they’re not going to vote for Hillary Clinton; they’re going to vote for Donald Trump. You laughed at them when their plight is very real.”

Ms. Lawrence, who announced last week that she’s taking a year off from acting in order to pursue a career in activism, said that while she tried at first to stay out of politics to avoid alienating her fans, she couldn’t help herself once Mr. Trump was elected.

“I’ve always thought that it was a good idea to stay out of politics,” she said. “Twenty-five percent of America identifies as liberal and I need more than 25 percent of America to go see my movies. It’s not wise, career-speaking, to talk about politics. When Donald Trump got sworn into office, that f–ing changed.”

“If I’m thinking something, I’ve made it very clear I’m going to talk about it,” she added. “My family obviously hates every time I talk about politics because it’s hard to see your kid get criticized and they live in Kentucky, where nobody is really liking what I’m saying.”

Ms. Lawrence has joined the board of a group called Represent.Us, which describes itself as a nonpartisan grass-roots organization aimed at passing anti-corruption laws that “stop political bribery, end secret money, and fix our broken elections.” Fellow board members include directors Adam McKay and David O. Russell, who directed Ms. Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Joy,” and “American Hustle.”

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