Bill Murray Attacks Divisive Politics, Blames Democrats For Making it Worse




Actor Bill Murray in a recent interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box, warned that the Democrats are to blame for the political discourse. Murray also added that the Democrats created the divisiveness by striving to represent certain groups or minorities. Afterall Murray thinks they should have just said they’re Americans.

Bill Murray warned that political discourse had degenerated into a ‘Clash of Clans everyday, first thing in the morning.’

‘People are going to war about so much,’ Murray warned.

Murray added that Democrats could often create division by striving to represent certain groups or minorities, rather than simply saying they represented Americans.


‘My friend who’s a great comedy writer, Jim Downey, he’s accused of being a right-wing comedy writer, if there is such a thing,’ Murray said.

‘He says, ‘No, I just think the way the Democrats handle things is poor, where they try to pick out little pieces of a population, oh well we represent the Hispanics, we represent the LGBT or something.’

And they’re not speaking to everyone at once. And it’s almost demeaning to say, ‘I’m choosing you because you’re a splinter group or you’re a certain minority group.’

‘There’s almost a resentment that somehow you’re separated, again, by a politician — ‘You’re my people. I’m in control of you, I represent you,’ instead of thinking that each citizen has a right to be respected as a citizen first, under the laws of the country.’

Murray suggested that such times of political unrest often laid the ‘compost and fertilizer’ to nurture more stable times of unity ahead. He also added that the current divided atmosphere made comedy of a political nature very difficult.

‘How can Kristen Wiig make everyone laugh?’ Murray asked. ‘She’s not thinking about being political, she’s thinking about what resonates and what is common to all of us.’

‘I think that’s harder and harder to do because people are trying to win their point of view as opposed to saying, ‘What if I had spoke to everyone?’


Recently Murray played former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday Night Live after being asked to do the skit by a friend.

‘They had a really good wig,’ joked the Ghostbusters star, who was an SNL cast member from 1977 to 1980.

‘My friend called me up and said, ‘Would you like to be Steve Bannon.’ I said, ‘Who wouldn’t.’

Murray also touched on the Harvey Weinstein scandal which has lead to people getting justice more quicker than usual. He then went on to discuss his reaction to the Republican tax reform.


 ‘The change in the tax law is a great thing for the corporations, it’s a fantastic thing,’ Murray said.

‘I don’t pretend to understand what that will mean in the future in terms of the economy or what the budget will have to do to take care of what people call entitlements,’ Murray added.

‘In the first step, it’s made things easier. I think people feel like there was probably too much regulation, and yet you just hope that they don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater when breaking down regulations.’

Murray went on to describe President Donald Trump’s tax cuts plan as “fantastic” and suggested that the karma in the sexual misconduct scandals eventually would come back to get the Hollywood predators.

Murray then went on to discuss the Weinstein scandal, which has seen a number of high profile actors, directors and executives stand down over sexual misconduct allegations.

Murray added: ‘If people are monstrous, it eventually comes back.’

‘We get justice, but we don’t get it when we want it. …This is unusual. People are getting their justice rather quickly.’

Murray certainly sounded conservative — or at least libertarian — but his politics often have been Democratic, and he has been a staunch defender of Ralph Nader. In a 2014 interview with The Guardian, Murray defended Nader, who took much blame for the 2000 presidential election result.

“You know, that’s Al Gore’s fault,” Murray said. “We didn’t all come here to make the world easier for Al Gore. He should have run a better campaign. He ran a lousy campaign. He was the vice-president during the greatest economic boom in the history of the country.”

Whatever Murray’s politics, his disdain for Washington speaks to many Americans. “You know, I wish you could hold all of Congress prisoner, and they’d get Stockholm syndrome and have to go along with their captors. And their captors would be people who were real, true American citizens,” he told The Guardian.

As we all know Bill Murray is not only an actor but an outspoken comedian. Who didn’t love him in Groundhog Day? Or how about Ghostbusters? And what about Caddyshack?

Murray will take a break from acting later this year, when he will fly south, with classical musicians, for a tour of Australia in November.

One thing’s for sure Chicago Cubs fans hope they will see Bill Murray again in the Spring at Wrigleyville for the 7th inning stretch.

Go Cubs Go!


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