‘Captain America’ Actor Anthony Mackie Thinks Trump “Worked His Way Up From Nothing”

‘Captain America’ Actor Anthony Mackie Thinks Trump “Worked His Way Up From Nothing”

During an interview he gave to BET promoting his upcoming film Our Brand Is Crisis, actor Anthony Mackie got himself into hot water by endorsing GOP Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Now, mind you, it wasn’t the endorsement that actually set Mackie up for widespread mockery. No, it was his insistence that the celebrity billionaire and born-rick Wharton grad appealed to him because he was a “guy who worked his way up from nothing.”

From BET’s article:


“I would 100 percent want to run Trump’s campaign. 100 percent,” he said. “I mean, first that’ll be the best party ever when he won, and second, Trump’s an easy sell… When you look at Trump, he’s an easy sell because you can sell him as the guy who worked his way up from nothing. And I think if you’re a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ candidate, people would identify with that.”

So, does all this praise mean that Mackie is backing Trump for the 2016 presidency? It seems so: “I’m on the bandwagon,” he said. “I’m drinking the Kool-Aid!”


It should be pointed out to Mackie that Trump’s father made a fortune in real estate development and was worth $300 million when he passed away in 1999. The Donald is the very epitome of someone being born with a silver spoon lodged firmly in his ass. The sad thing is Mackie is actually going around and promoting a movie that is about political strategy and messaging. You’d think he’d have at least a tiny bit of knowledge about today’s political landscape and the candidates running, at least just for research sake.

Anyway, Mackie’s dumbass comments wasn’t lost on the Twittersphere, and he was dragged all over social media Monday afternoon.


  Below is video of his interview, courtesy of BET:



UPDATE: Late Monday afternoon, Mackie sent out a tweet saying it was all just a bad attempt at a joke.


Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.