Morgan Freeman is ‘holding out hope’ that Baby Fists is a good president

23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Morgan Freeman covers the new issue of AARP Magazine, a magazine which we rarely quote from, but here we are. Freeman was a big Hillary Clinton supporter, and an Obama supporter before that. He’s a longtime Democrat in general, I’m pretty sure. He even went as far as doing voiceover work for HRC’s commercials, that’s how much he liked her. So he was obviously asked about his politics and what he thinks about Emperor Baby Fists. Just note: this interview was obviously conducted weeks ago, if not a full month ago or more. So Freeman’s “let’s give Trump a chance” comments are not coming right after the past two weeks of lunatic shenanigans.

Life under Baby Fists: “As for politics today, I supported Hillary in the election, and now it feels like we are jumping off a cliff. We just have to find out how we land. I’m not scared, though. I’m holding out hope that Donald Trump has to be a good president. He can’t not be. What I see is a guy who will not lose.”

Playing the president in several movies: “Some people thought Hollywood wasn’t ready for a black president, but I didn’t consider it. I’m not a professional black actor; I’m a professional actor. I can remember only once in the movies playing black, and that was Driving Miss Daisy.”

Finally winning an Oscar: “The truth? It was anticlimactic. I was up for best actor three times. The Oscar for Million Dollar Baby was for best supporting. I keep the statue at home in a little room in Mississippi that has tchotchkes in it, and all of the high-end awards are there: the Screen Actors Guild, the People’s Choice, Golden Globe. I’ve stopped waiting for the best actor Oscar, because you get to a point where it’s better to be nominated over and over. It’s more fun that way. You get to stay in that crowd.”

[From The Daily Mail]

Even given the fact that Freeman probably said this back in December, I still don’t understand this train of thought: “I’m holding out hope that Donald Trump has to be a good president. He can’t not be. What I see is a guy who will not lose.” What? Trump is a guy who doesn’t like to lose therefore he can’t lose? Why do rational people make these kinds of arguments? Here’s an argument I’d like to make to all of those people saying “give him time, maybe it won’t be that bad”: he’s literally doing everything he promised to do. He’s banning Muslims from America, he’s hellbent on building that f–king wall, and he’s just as petty, unhinged, idiotic and unpatriotic as ever. He’s going to sign executive orders to “punish” women for having abortions, and then he’ll punish them for being on birth control, then he’ll sign another EO declaring that he has the most bigly hands in the country. *shakes baby fist at God*

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  1. frisbee says:

    Lose what and for whom? He might not ‘lose’ for himself or his supporters but he clearly doesn’t give a shit about losing for anyone/thing else including the U.S’s rep abroad. I’m glad for Morgan Freeman that he’s not scared, personally I’m terrified of what he’ll do and despairing of what he’s already done. No good, none can come of the orange one. We’ve all been Tangoed (for Brit readers of a certain age that one….)

    • LinaLamont says:

      No pass for Freeman. He’s just as clueless and privileged as all the others who “aren’t afraid” and want to give tRump “a chance”. Doesn’t matter that this was in December. tRump was just as despicable then.

      • Radley says:

        To be fair, maybe as an African-American of a certain age from Mississippi he isn’t scared because he’s already lived through worse (worse as of right now). I have older relatives who are repulsed but unfazed by Trump too.

        I think there was a point when people theorized that Trump was saying anything to get elected. Or, not get elected depending on what theory you subscribe too. Some people didn’t expect him to be this crazy. But now reasonable people can see he’s an incredibly damaged human being incapable of empathy and compassion. So he’s bigly dangerous.

      • lucy2 says:

        I think you have a good point, Radley, about his past experiences.

        I think if asked now, after 3 weeks of hell, Freeman would probably have other words to say. If this interview was done prior to the inauguration, back when so many were saying “don’t worry, he’ll act presidential once he’s in office” it makes sense that he was hoping things would go better than expected. I don’t take that as “we have to support him and give him a chance” a la McConaughey, but more like “I think it’s going to be bad but I’m hoping I’m wrong.”

    • Daisy says:

      The US’ rep abroad has been ruined way before Trump, so that’s not a thing that should be worried about.

      • yep says:

        I’ve got news for you. USA’s rep is circling the drain more than ever. And that’s just after 2 weeks.

    • ME says:

      It’s a free country still (and only because it’s just week 3) so Morgan has the right to say and think whatever he wants but seriously WTF? Out of the gate he has already proven that he is #worstPOTUSever. He has proven that he has no desire to serve the majority of Americans, just his base. He has proven his, and GOPs, disdain towards average Americans (Dodd-Frank, Fiduciary rule, DAPL). He has proven his contempt for The Constitution, core values of the US, free press, freedom of religion, environment and world stability. In just 2 weeks he’s done all that so his probationary period is over and we should all say You’re Fired!

      • Lindsey says:

        Hence the writer’s caveat this interview took place after an awful campaign but before an awful beginning to his presidency.

    • Megan says:

      Ugh, were he and the interviewer sniffing glue?

  2. robyn says:

    Freeman is such an awesome actor … I can’t help loving him in every single role. He is entitled to his hopes no doubt. My hope is that so-called president Trump gets impeached and or jailed for treason and corruption asap.

    • Shambles says:

      I wish they’d just impeach him already. End this nightmare, take Bannon with you, and give us 4 years of a super conservative ass backwards president. I’ll take that over this.

      • Deeanna says:

        “I wish they’d just impeach him already”.

        Okay, but we need to change “they” to “we” and “us”. Become involved in the
        impeachment movement now at “”. Sign the petition, donate as much as you can even if just a little, and email your U.S. House representatative.

        It all starts with we the people.

    • Keaton says:

      Your thoughts are my thoughts.
      Love Morgan. Amazing actor. But my only hope is that we get rid of Trump before he does any irreparable damage. I have zero hope that he’ll be a good President. As Kaiser said, he’s doing exactly what he campaigned on. What the hell are people hoping for?

      • LadyT says:

        Were hoping for. Past tense. Old interview. Some people were hoping that Trump was a typical lying blowhard politician that was hopefully going to back way off -ESPECIALLY since his campaign promises were so ludicrous, amoral and illegal.
        They were wrong.

  3. Dee says:

    What a lovely, positive man. Mature attitude. I’m glad to see a handful of Hollywood types speak sanely of late. Refreshing.

    • Shambles says:

      It seems like you’re implying that the “Hollywood types” who have spoken out against Trump are immature, negative, and not sane?

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, I’m not sure what you’re implying but if it’s that Freeman actually supports Trump I think you’re wrong. He was clearly trying to be positive and diplomatic.

    • Dee says:

      what was it that MLK said…something about “never let a man drag you so low as to hate him.”

      What I want from Hollywood (and sports stars) is to be entertained. SIng, dance, act and play. Rinse and repeat. I don’t care if they are Clint , Meryl, Colin K or Tom Brady.

      They have a right to their political opinions but I have a right to turn a deaf ear because their purpose in MY life doesn’t involve divisive and hatefilld politics.

      That silver – whatever chickie calling for a military coup? Good gawd how idiotic they can be.

      • IlsaLund says:

        Then turn your deaf ear and don’t listen to celebrities politics rants….no one is forcing you to. But they have a right as citizens to express their political viewpoints and be heard just like everyone else. They are people and citizens too.

      • lightpurple says:


      • SusanneToo says:

        What I want from hosts of shitty reality shows is that they stay in their lane and stay out of politics which they are so obviously ill equipped for.
        But, really, why did you feel the need to read and comment as you said “They have a right to their political opinions but I have a right to turn a deaf ear because their purpose in MY life doesn’t involve divisive and hatefilld politics.”
        I care absolutely nothing about Selma Blair so I Did Not Click on her thread. It’s easy to really turn a deaf ear.

      • S says:

        I love when people quote Martin Luther King, Jr. and then say people should just shut up and not speak their mind. You know, everything Martin Luther King, Jr. was against.

        So, here are some other MLK quotes for you, @Dee …

        “There comes a time when silence is betrayal”

        “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

        “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

        “That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”

        “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”

        “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

        “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

        “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

        “Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

        ^^This also means that anyone can speak. Celebs are people. They have opinions. They have voices. They are allowed to use their voices to share any opinion they so desire and you’re allowed to react to that opinion in whatever way you desire. You can condemn their views or you can celebrate them. You can shrug or roll your eyes, but you can NOT shut them, or anyone else, down. Because their right to expression is as great as yours. As all of ours.

        By the by, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a radical who used his power of oratory to change a nation, so I feel pretty safe in saying he most certainly would not be OK with anyone using his words to suggest others should not argue for progress, equality or speaking out against those who are trying to take away what he gave his life to win.

      • LadyT says:

        Thank you sincerely S. That’s a wonderful compilation. You made your point beautifully.

      • SusanneToo says:

        @S. YES👍🏻👍🏻 You said it all.

      • minx says:

        The slams against “Hollywood types” don’t fly anymore, now that a sleazy, reality star/sexual predator is president.

      • Detritus says:

        “That silver whatever chickie”
        Just dont please.

      • lucy2 says:

        If you only want celebrities to entertain you and you have no interest in their political beliefs, that’s fine. I get it, and can respect that. But then why are you reading this site or this article, which clearly by the title will include an actor talking about politics? And commenting about it? I don’t think you really do want to turn a deaf ear.

    • cedar falls says:

      Well, you can afford to “speak sanely” *cough* when you’re old, male, rich & covered by bulletproof, platinum-coated health insurance. See also: MacConaughy & Voigt.

      But I agree with Esmom – he’s probably trying to be diplomatic. Trump supporters go to the movies like anybody else.

    • Dee says:

      To esmom and cedar falls….I agree. He likely didn’t vote for Trump and is trying to be diplomatic. I totally get that ….I didn’t vote for Trump either but I am still clinging to civility in disagreement with all voters. (Those that didn’t vote I have little sympathy for. )

      And yes livhtpurple,,,I called her chcikie. It’s asinine to promote a military coup on about 1000 levels both emotional and intellectual. Apparently she is clueless about those levels, and clueless to the fact that active military voters skew republican by a marked number. Military Times reported a Trump over Clinton 2-1 preference this time.

      I hardly think chickie even scratches the surface of insults on this and most social media on political threads.

      • lightpurple says:

        No idea who you are talking about but “chickie” does scratch the surface. It is a sexist insult and the allowance of any such insults opens the door to sliding down the slope to accepting all such insults.

      • Dee says:

        My opinion differs. Your mileage varies. I hope you are equally as offended by the many much more insulting phrases used on here about conservatives and men, and police those as well.

        And it was Sarah Silverman who tweeted about hoping for a military coup.

      • I agree that military coups are not something to joke about or “hopefully suggest”.

    • Really? says:

      Keep on hoping then. Also, glad that the Muslim ban, Neo-nazi rhetoric, and wall aren’t affecting your bubble. Where was your criticism of the President-elect when he insulted the Khans, a military family for losing their son serving this country? Why aren’t you standing with your fellow Americans who happen to be of another religion/race/ethnicity even after they serve this country? If you want to stick your head in the sand, fine, keep complaining about how this website talks about politics and celebrities. The hosts of this website have said that as the President is celebrity, covering him is fair game. You are free to ignore the commentary just as everyone is free to criticize the President for his discriminatory actions, constant tweets, false news (“Bowling Green massacre” anyone?)

    • Sixer says:

      Yeah, Dee, I agree. I think all of Hollywood and associated celebrityhood should do their patriotic duty and collaborate with the administration. In fact, everyone here should do the same and you can all have your very own Vichy.

      It’s exactly what the United States needs right now, isn’t it?

      • Tris says:

        All the chickies could join together in a great big Trump hug!

      • Annetommy says:

        As a Brit, Sixer, you will have noticed that a holder of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for military bravery, was held at a US airport because of the ban, and missed the event that was being held in his honour. This man gets held while president heel spur tweets. Beyond irony.

  4. grabbyhands says:

    There’s a YUGE difference between “I’m hopeful and positive! I can’t lose!” and ” I can’t lose, so I will do everything I can to make sure I don’t, even if it means making disastrous decisions that benefit NO ONE”, which is where we’re at.

    He’s had two weeks to be conciliatory in any way and he has proven that he absolutely is incapable of being told no, and in fact responds to it by lashing out like a child.

    So his wing nut supporters and the people who are insulated one way or another from most of what he’s going to do, can continue to pretend that anything is going to change for the better (or in many cases, be gleeful about how many people are going to be screwed because they’re too stupid to understand that that will include them too), but I’ll be over here trying to figure out how to survive the next four years.

  5. Giddy says:

    Baby Fists/Tiny Pecker is dangerous, unhinged, and will go down in history as our worst President by a mile. And that’s being kind. A presidency conducted via twitter is a new frightening world and he’s probably proud of it.

  6. Mel says:

    Oh I’m sure HE won’t lose. Doesn’t mean the country won’t though…

  7. QQ says:

    Desus and Mero say always that youre proper rich/wealthy when you make these types of “but we’ll be ok”/”im not afraid”/ Is gonna be fine blase ass statement

    • Snowflake says:

      Yeah, easy to say when you’re rich and well-known, no one’s going to do anything to you.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Love him as an actor but I lost a good deal of respect for Morgan when I saw an Interview he gave some years ago where when asked about racism his sage advice was to ‘Stop talking about it.’ Money insulates and he’s a prime exactly of being rich and famous for so long that he is now hopelessly out of touch.

  8. Snowflake says:

    I think I read somewhere that they are trying to repeal for vs Wade. I could be wrong though.

    • lightpurple says:

      They have been trying to repeal Roe v Wade since the second it was passed. They’re coming for Griswold v Connecticut too.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Lightpurple- Griswold v Connecticut!!?? Tell me they wouldn’t dare. Lord help us all.

      • Lindsey says:

        Yep and the nominee, Neil Gorsuch, Scalia with a smile, is anti-birth control and would be happy to see both fall. If Roe v Wade goes abortion automatically becomes illegal in 22 states, the laws are already on the books.

      • lightpurple says:

        @Rapunzel, yes. Lynn Cheney began targeting Griswold quite some time ago. Because people are less aware of Griswold and if you take out Griswold, it knocks out Roe v Wade.

        @Lindsey, and some of those state laws are so severe, they block treatment for ectopic pregnancies.

      • Sixer says:

        Just as I think I’ve heard it all.

        I’m getting annoyed with all the Britishers who keep pointing at Trump while wearing blinkers about all the things happening here but there’s one thing I will say for UK neo-fascism. It’s not attacking reproductive rights.

      • Abbess Tansy says:

        Repeal Griswold v Connecticut?? Aw hell no!! What kind of messed up sh*t is that?!

      • Rapunzel says:

        Lightpurple- been awhile since I studied the laws… How would repealing Griswold automatically knock out Roe v Wade?

  9. Louise177 says:

    I don’t think it’s wrong that people wanted to give Trump a chance or hope that he would be a good President before he officially took over. People aren’t supporting him but are hoping he won’t screw up the country. Hoping that Trump was just saying things to get elected. Well that ship has sailed for the last couple of weeks. Most people know now that he is a disaster. Mostly it’s only his supporters are saying to give him a chance. But it also doesn’t make sense to me to hope he’s a disaster since the damage will be to the people not to Trump.

    • LadyT says:

      Yes. I think this should taken into consideration when analyzing an obviously older interview. See McConnaughey also.

    • Not buying it. Political rhetoric aside all you had to do was look at his scandalous personal, legal and business life to know otherwise. He’s always been a vile despot.

      • LadyT says:

        My point is that there was a time, in the past, in non-current interviews, that they could know what you said about Trump is true and still be “hoping he won’t screw up the country. Hoping he was just saying things to get elected.” Wishful thinking, not Trump supporting.

  10. Christin says:

    Someone may not like to lose, but if their competence is highly questionable and they seem unwilling to learn and adjust, that isn’t good.

    Having zero political experience combined with such a highly stubborn attitude is not a great combination. There’s no way to sugarcoat it.

  11. I just can’t. This is the man rumored to have had a ten year affair with his step-granddaughter.
    *curls up in fetal position clutching a worn blu-ray copy of Glory*

    • Lama Bean says:

      Not sure how true that is (step-granddaughter) but she’s dead now. Murdered by her ex I think. And he’s still married if I remember correctly.

      On a completely shallow note, Morgan got himself some fresh and sparkly dentures/veneers. His teeth had always been atrocious, so it’s very obvious when the look different. That being said, good for him.

      I have nothing on his false hope. Trump is exactly who he has been for 50 years-a failure posing as a tough guy.

    • I will give you that we don’t know if it’s true or noy buy his current marriage doesn’t speak for or against the rumors. The young lady was the granddaughter of his first wife. I believe he is on his third wife. The second wife allegedly found out about it and gave him an ultimatum. The affair was rumored to have begun when she was just 17. Yes, she was murdered by her boyfriend. She seemed to be a creative, gentle, artistic soul and I hate to think of her being groomed by a family member. I know I’m also wrong/irrational but I simply can’t stand to look at him now.

  12. Fiorella says:

    That republican they’re hoping will join the two others and the democrats in opposing the judge is under a lot of pressure ! I disagree with the failing logic. The bankruptcy out trump has used in business won’t helpe the USA . Just listened to a documentary on dept relief in autocratic nations, works for those dictators but USA is different . The documentary was arguing against debt relief because it is a vicious cycle

  13. Greenieweenie says:

    Ppl who say things like “I’m not a black actor, I’m an actor” or “I’m not a female X, I’m an x…they’re speaking from a place of privilege. All you need is one bad encounter with a cop, and you’ll realize you’re black. Or have a baby midway through your career, and you’ll figure out that you’re a female. Unless you’re that tiny percentage with the power to reshape everything around you…not unlike Morgan Freeman…and you’ll continue to believe that’s the world everyone else lives in.

  14. S says:

    Trump may not “like” to lose but saying someone who dislikes losing can’t be a loser is flying in the face of actual fact. Trump is a HUGE loser. He’s bankrupted four separate companies. He’s been successfully sued for fraud, more than once. He’s shuttered failed business after failed business (magazine, airline, mortgage company, online scam university). The man lost money in CASINOS, at a time when EVERY SINGLE OTHER casino company was making record profits. He started a mortgage company mere months before the single largest mortgage lending crisis in American history AND stated that it was “perfect” time to do so. He consistently pays to settle losing lawsuits — hundreds of them every single year. He lost federal court cases that proved he discriminated against people of color in his rental practices. And then, years later, he lost again for doing the same thing! He made up fake bone spurs to get out of the draft (loser). He didn’t make it into his college of choice (loser). He has two failed marriages and another wife who is willing to make the taxpayers spent $30 million/month to live 200 miles away from. Lose. Lose. Lose.

    Trump does nothing but LOSE. He loses so much I don’t have space to catalog all his losses. OUR PRESIDENT IS A LOSER. Bigly. And his goal is turn America into as big a loser as he is.

    • S says:

      Oh and, his truly crappy TV show was never, ever No. 1 in the ratings. Not in the demos, not in his category, not for one week, or one night. Not ever. So, he’s also a big, fat, bald TV loser. As well as an all-time Emmy loser.

      PS: Real winners aren’t bothered when people say they’re losers, because they know they’re not. Only losers pretending to be winners get upset by such things.

  15. SM says:

    Well, people do predict someone’s performance based on the character of a person. If someone is ambitios, then probably in that case that person will do anything to achieve the best result. In case someone likes to win then that person will fo anything to win. If winning is making life for Americans vetter that it was before then yes, that person would probably do everything including surrownding one self with the best advisors there are to win. The problem is that is not how Trump understands winning and it was obvious even before he was sworn in. So no. Morgan does not get a pass. That is either naive or plan stupid to say what he says

  16. Lyla says:


    At least this interview was old. I don’t get the “give him a chance people.” A chance to do what? To do all the hateful things he said during the election?

    Off topic, so Regis thinks that trump is doing a great job. Sigh. I don’t know a lot about Regis, is he Republican? And yes, this was recent, cause they also asked him about trump’s threat to send troops to Mexico. 🙄

    And lastly, someone on twitter mentioned that donald trump is an anagram for Lord Dampnuts, so let’s call him that from now on.

  17. DesertReal says:

    I would like to preface this by saying I’m not defending what Freeman said- as I don’t agree. At all.
    I think the bar was set so low by Trumps election campaign, that many (Chappelle, etc) thought/hoped it couldn’t get any worse.
    Needless to say…that isn’t the case.