Julia Louis-Dreyfus: ‘Veep’ can’t compete with Trump, ‘what an idiot’


Julia Louis-Dreyfus appeared on Ellen yesterday to promote her new film with Will Ferrell, Downhill. While she was there, Ellen asked her if she had thoughts about the Super Bowl outcome. Julia said her sons were crushed because they are, “huge 49er fans,” but she’s not a big football fan so it didn’t make that much of an impact on her. However, what did stand out to her, was the ignorance of our current president, with his imbecilic tweet placing the Chiefs in the wrong state. Julia said that as much as she loved Veep, their stories could never compete with the “idiot” who runs our country.

[From ellentube via Just Jared]

The part about the Super Bowl and #45 comes on at 4:15, but this is what she said:

I am not a football lover, so I was doing other things. However, I did see the tweet Donald Trump put out and Claire McCaskill, former senator from Missouri, retweeting it. It is so extraordinary. “Great state of Kansas.” Kansas City, Kansas. Yeah, he really gets this country. Wow, I thought that was absolutely incredible. Anyway, that tweet was up for about 12 minutes, live. Then it was deleted. And I have to tell you, if I were doing Veep right now, it would be really fun to script those 12 minutes between him launching the tweet and it getting deleted. What an idiot. Idiot! It’s so humiliating.

Doesn’t it make you miss doing Veep, though?
Well, it does, and it doesn’t. I mean, I have to say, I think he’s doing a better job of our show, except to say that it, in fact, isn’t even remotely funny. But it does make me miss it. It was super fun. It was just hard to compete with that crap.

I, for one, would contribute to whatever Kickstarter was out there to get Julia to script those 12 minutes. They could just do a short and post it to Twitter. If you watched the show, you can picture exactly which characters where in the room when Selena was told she’d tweeted the wrong state and who was flying down the hall to do damage control. It would be a riot and I’m willing to bet every single cast member would come back for it. Ellen went on to call Veep one of “the best shows ever on television. Ever ever ever.” I generally try to stay away from superlatives like this but honestly, when it comes to Veep, I agree. The series finale, for sure, was one of the best I’ve ever seen.

But, Julia’s right. It isn’t funny when this is our reality. I’ll be honest, I don’t really care if a POTUS knows anything about football or any other sport, let alone where the teams are from. But I do care if he or she does due diligence before speaking out publicly about it. How hard is it to ask an aide to Google a sports team? Even though I am convinced he made a big deal about the state because he thought he was throwing a jab at California, it’s disrespectful to KC and the Chiefs after their big win, and I say that as a heart-broken 49er fan.

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  1. lucy2 says:

    Veep was so brilliant, but tougher to watch post 2016.
    Glad JLD is doing well.

  2. Tiffany says:

    “I, for one, would contribute to whatever Kickstarter was out there to get Julia to script those 12 minutes.”

    Hecate, I too shall join that tribune.

  3. Dazed and Confused says:

    Claire McCaskill’s response is amazing.

    Trump should have consulted his man Sam Brownback — former horrible Kansas governor and current Trump appointed “Ambassador -at-Large for Religious Freedom” to find out where the Chiefs home base is.

    I’ve lived in Kansas most of my life, and in a Kansas suburb of Kansas City specifically for the last 20 years. Kansas City is more nuanced than just the Missouri side or the Kansas side of the cities called “Kansas City” — like other cities, it is a metropolitan area who consider ourselves Kansas Citians. The tourist-y things are mostly on the Missouri side of the city. The Chiefs stadium is in Jackson County, MO — they are the ones who pay the brunt of any taxes associated with Arrowhead Stadium (and get early access to some Chiefs tickets or whatnot as compensation for that tax). It’s not like there’s a wall between the Kansas and Missouri sides of the city — most people hop back and forth all the time just living life.

    Maybe just leave out the state name when sending congrats would be the best choice.

    • olliesmom says:

      Oh, that’s weird. I’m getting pop ups for Hallmark on the side right now. Their headquarters is in Kansas City (Missouri).

    • AMA1977 says:

      But if he left out the name of the state, he wouldn’t be pandering to MAGA idiots in Kansas by “owning the California libs.” It had nothing to do with congratulating the team that won, and everything to do with mentioning a state he’s nervous about losing in 2020. And he’s a mother-f^cking IDIOT and can we PLEASE just be finished with the upside-down now? I’d like to get off. I am exhausted by it all day long.

      • Dazed and Confused says:

        He’s an definitely an idiot but he doesn’t need to pander to the MAGA Kansans. There’s no way Kansas’s electoral votes will go any way other than Republican. The last time Kansas gave them to Democrats was in 1964. And that’s the only time it’s happened since 1940. Most Democratic candidates don’t even stop by Kansas because there’s no point. In the past decade, only one of my candidates has won – Governor Laura Kelly. And that’s just because Brownback did such an aggressively bad job.

        Missouri is far more likely to be Democratic, though with all of the gerrymandering that happened in the 1990s, it’s much harder.

  4. olliesmom says:

    I was watching the last season of Veep (again) during the State of the Union last night!
    There was no way I was going to watch that drivel (S of the U). It would have just made me angry. So I watched something else that I knew would make me laugh from it’s absurdity.

    • Jerusha says:

      I watched one of my favorite old movies-All of Me-Steve Martin and Liky Tomlin. Much more worthwhile.

  5. anniefannie says:

    Love the post senate McCaskill! I’m from KC Mo, his idiocy barely made a ripple here, either we’re inured or it’s super bowl delirium!
    I work in downtown KC and pre parade mayhem has commenced!

  6. whitecat says:

    I LOVE Veep and I would completely contribute to a 12 minute tweet script. Please TV gods make it happen!!

  7. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Ah, “Veep” broke my heart . . . by ending. But, it was one of the best ending in tv history. Fitting, unexpected, sad, funny, wraps everything up in the perfect way.

  8. FuefinaWG says:

    I hope that if the Chief’s get an invite to the WH they respond with, “Sorry, the invite went to KC, Kansas. We didn’t see it.”