Anthony Mackie Says Trump Endorsement Was a 'Bad Attempt at a Joke'

Anthony Mackie Says Trump Endorsement Was a 'Bad Attempt at a Joke'

The actor responded to the viral backlash.

Published October 19, 2015

Anthony Mackie just realized his brand might be in crisis.  

Earlier today, we posted our exclusive interview with Anthony Mackie, in which he claimed he would be endorsing Donald Trump for president. “If you look at Trump, he’s an easy sell, because you can sell him as the guy who worked his way up from nothing," Mackie told us. "If you’re the pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps candidate, people would identify with that.” Asked point blank if that constitutes a Trump endorsement, Mackie said, “I’m on the bandwagon. I’m drinking the Kool-Aid.”

And...Twitter raged.

The story was covered on Gawker, Vulture, USA Today and just about everywhere else. Mackie was the number one trending topic on Twitter.  Black Twitter was relentless — and hilarious — in their attack on the actor. We knew it would only be a matter of time before Mackie spoke up for himself. Here's what he tweeted about the controversy just a short while ago: 

Who knows what the "I guess" means, but hopefully his (former) fans will forgive him. That said, Our Brand Is Crisis is in theaters October 30!  All press is good press, right?

ICYMI: Relive our interview with Mackie below:

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Written by Renee Samuel

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