- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Matthew McConaughey elaborated on his centrist political views in an interview Tuesday, slamming “illiberals” and political extremists who damage their own cause by alienating moderates.

“You need liberals,” the 51-year-old Oscar winner told “Good Morning Britain’s” Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. “What I don’t think we need is the illiberals. And what I don’t think that some liberals see is they’re often being cannibalized by the illiberals.

“Now, there are extremes on both sides that I think are unfair, that I don’t think are the right place to be — the extreme left and extreme right completely illegitimize the other side, the liberal and conservative side, which we need in certain places,” he continued. “The two extremes illegitimize those two sides, or they exaggerate that side’s stance into an irrational state that makes no sense. And that’s not fair when either side does that.

“Where the waterline is going to land on this freedom of speech and what we allow and what we don’t and where this cancel culture goes, where that waterline lands is a very interesting place that we are engaged in right now as a society that we’re trying to figure out because we haven’t found the right spot,” he added.

Mr. McConaughey’s comments come one week after he and fellow actor Russell Brand sat down for a podcast in which they slammed leftists, particularly in Hollywood, who condescend and dismiss conservatives as dumb.

“There are a lot on that illiberal left that absolutely condescend, patronize and are arrogant towards that other 50%,” Mr. McConaughey said on Dec. 2.

“I don’t like it,” Mr. Brand agreed at the time. “I’ve spent enough time with people that have been described in this manner to feel ill at ease with it.”

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