- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Actor Kelsey Grammer on Tuesday defended casting a vote for President Trump in 2016, saying the “clowns” in Washington before him hadn’t done the country “any favors” and that the political climate isn’t as “horrible” as some people are making it out to be.

Mr. Grammer made the comments during an appearance on PBS’s “Amanpour & Company” while promoting the musical “Man Of La Mancha.” Host Christiane Amanpour turned the discussion to politics by labeling the former “Frasier” and “Cheers” star “one of those rare Hollywood beasts who is conservative” and who voted for Mr. Trump.

“I just wonder whether you sort of took any hits in Hollywood for that? Did you feel that you were sort of marginalized?” Ms. Amanpour asked.

“I’m unaware of taking a hit for it,” the actor responded, according to a clip flagged by NewsBusters. “Passions run high, and certainly he has touched on an extraordinarily passionate response. I don’t know if it’s as serious or horrible as everybody wants it to be.”

Ms. Amanpour asked Mr. Grammer whether he agreed with many Americans who believe “the sort of fabric is being disrupted.”

“Well, I think the fabric being disrupted is a good thing,” the actor responded. “I do not think Washington was doing us any favors for the last 50, 60 years. I think they’ve all been sort of the same party, the same bunch of clowns, the same bunch of really unpleasant people. And I don’t think they’ve been helping anybody but themselves.”

Mr. Grammer added that the American people will be “just fine” during Mr. Trump’s presidency and for a long time to come.

“We’ve been through a lot worse,” he said.

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