Vince Vaughn Has Defended Shaking Hands And Chatting With President Donald Trump

In the 31-second clip, shot at a college football game in New Orleans in January, the self-described libertarian actor happily converses with the Republican and his wife Melania, with the U.S. leader grinning and shaking Vaughn’s hand.

The video was shared on Twitter by sports blogger Timothy Burke and site users were quick to respond, with many calling for the actor to be “cancelled” amid the controversy.

Now, in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Wedding Crashers star insisted he had “always been cordial to” multiple politicians in the past, while distancing himself from Trump’s conservative politics.

“In my career I’ve met a lot of politicians who I’ve always been cordial to; I’ve met Nancy Pelosi and was cordial to her as well,” he said of the Democratic Speaker of the House. “It was the only time I’ve ever met him. We said hello. He was very personable… I didn’t get into policies.”

Vince remains unconcerned with the criticism, and insisted he “doesn’t think most people take that stuff as seriously as the small percentage that’s making noise about it”.

“I was raised with the idea that you could have different likes and beliefs and you should respect and defend that in other people, not shout it down. The people you disagree with the most, you should stand up for their right to do that,” he added.

“The only candidate I ever supported is Ron Paul,” Vaughn clarified, referencing the politician who ran for U.S. President in 1988, as a Libertarian, and also competed in the Republican primaries in 2008 and 2012.

“I don’t have a party that I support and endorse. In fact, for me sometimes it’s difficult to find a candidate that you feel is philosophically consistent and not just going along with whoever is funding their particular party. That’s as much as I’ll get into it at this point.”

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