Staunch Democrat Alec Baldwin has weighed in on the 2016 presidential race, saying he isn’t impressed with any of the candidates.
At the Museum of Natural History in New York City, where he hosted Wednesday night’s Clio Awards, the 57-year-old actor lamented what he calls the “tragedy” of the 2016 presidential race.
When it comes to GOP standout Donald Trump, Baldwin is not impressed by what the real estate titan’s business success means for his potential as a world leader.
“I think that Trump is a person who has been a very successful man in some ways but whether that translates into authoring or shepherding [policy] I don’t know, I really don’t know,” Baldwin told reporters.
The actor stressed the fundamentally different missions of for-profit companies and governing bodies.
“Without making any comments on other businessmen, who have risen to power in this city and nationwide, men seem to think that they want the government to be run like a business and the government certainly needs to be run in a more business like fashion, but you can never run the government like a business,” he said.
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“The government needs to be run with [the goal of] how do we collect taxes and take the revenue to do the most good for the most people we can. You don’t see that happening now.”
At the moment, Baldwin isn’t optimistic about the Democrats running, either.
“The biggest tragedy right now in this country is none of these people talk about peace,” he says. “Peace is a quaint idea. They are all bull—-, war-mongering– Hillary, Trump, every one of them, every single person, Democrat or Republican – you never hear them talk about peace. [It’s] like peace is a naive idea.”