Vince Vaughn disappointed liberals and progressives on Monday after he was seen speaking with President Donald Trump at the college football national championship game in New Orleans.
Vaughn, 49, was seen shaking Trump’s hand and laughing and chatting with the president and first lady in a private box as top-seeded LSU took on Clemson.
The “Wedding Crashers” star is a self-described libertarian who has expressed support for Republican politicians in the past.
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Still, his friendly interaction with Trump appeared to come as something of a shock to many of the president’s critics on social media.
Timothy Burke, a former director of video for left-leaning news outlet The Daily Beast, uploaded the footage to Twitter, where it has since been viewed more than 4 million times.
“I’m very sorry to have to share this video with you. All of it, every part of it,” Burke said in a caption accompanying the video.
All of you saying calm down, Vaughn is shaking the hand of the man who is hell bent on destroying not just our democracy, but our survival in the world community, for his personal benefit. Wake up!
— Barbara Mills (@bmillsmft) January 14, 2020
Various social media users echoed Burke’s sentiments.
“All of you saying calm down, Vaughn is shaking the hand of the man who is hell bent on destroying not just our democracy, but our survival in the world community, for his personal benefit. Wake up!” said one commenter, whose remarks were representative of a small but vocal contingent of the response to Trump and Vaughn’s meeting.
Media Matters for America reporter Parker Malloy complained about the conservative counter-reaction, arguing that “it doesn’t seem like there actually are people outraged.”
.@bubbaprog posted a video with a tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic caption, and was immediately flooded with a load of right-wing accounts accusing him of being outraged or whatever pic.twitter.com/74a2XgwmgX
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 14, 2020
Vox writer Aaron Rupar dismissed the notion that Democrats were upset by Vaughn’s encounter with Trump.
“Nobody cares,” he tweeted.
Actually it does make me think less of Vince Vaughn. You are judged by the company you keep. Which is sad for me because I really liked his work.
— Meowxthree2 (@meowx3woofx1) January 14, 2020
But replies to Rupar’s own tweet said otherwise.
“Actually it does make me think less of Vince Vaughn. You are judged by the company you keep. Which is sad for me because I really liked his work,” said one commenter, whose tweet received 21 likes.
Another user replied to Rupar by sharing a tweet from the Palmer Report, a partisan liberal blog:
As usual, Fox reports facts, and liberals absolutely refuse to believe them despite mountains of evidence to the contrary ?
— MAGA Hippie Girl (@HippieMaga) January 14, 2020
“Vince Vaughn had the chance to stand up to a rapist, traitor, and child murderer, and instead he enthusiastically shook Donald Trump’s hand. F–k em both,” the Palmer Report tweeted.
— wheniawoke (@wheniawoke) January 14, 2020
“well , i guess i’ll not watch his stuff any longer , was never a fan anyway,” tweeted another user.
I’m sure he can live without you.
— Taxdude ?? (@The_Taxdude) January 14, 2020
One user said Vaughn had “dropped to zero” in her book because of his support for Trump.
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“He is washed up,” she tweeted.
What a hateful thing to say. Liberals are the meanest people on the planet
— Sam StClair (@stclair_sam) January 14, 2020
In the wake of the controversy, the Washington Examiner’s Siraj Hashmi declared in a tongue-in-cheek tweet that Vaughn had officially been “cancelled.”
On Monday, Trump and the first lady received a raucous ovation at the Superdome when they stepped out onto the field before the game for the singing of the national anthem.
Chants of “USA, USA” and “four more years” were heard in the crowd.