David Duchovny’s 90 year-old mom just voted for the first time because she hates Trump

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David Duchovny was on Jimmy Kimmel Live promoting The Craft: Legacy. He plays the step-dad and without giving away any spoilers he is a major character. As I said in the Fairuza Balk story, it’s a fun movie but you should wait until it’s available to rent or is on a streaming service. However I’m glad I supported Zoe Lister-Jones and women filmmakers, and I would have liked it in the theater too. So I guess this is a mixed review. Rent it, don’t buy it.

I love a good David Duchovny interview and this was fun. My favorite part was when he said his 90 year-old mom, an emigrant from Scotland, voted for the first time because she absolutely hates Donald Trump. I thought that meant she only recently became a citizen, but she’s been here since the 1950s and wasn’t motivated to vote until now. Trump is half Scottish and apparently this deeply offends his mom.

His mom just voted for the first time
I voted illegally by mail. I didn’t know it was illegal. I was informed by our ex-president this afternoon. My mother who is 90 years old, an immigrant from Scotland, she voted for the first time. She’s from Scotland never really followed politics but she does not like this president. The fact that he is half Scottish is a real thorn in her side. She will be upset with me for bringing it up and reminding people that Trump is half Scottish because most of Scotland is really embarrassed of that as well.

She’s been here since the late 50s. It really goes to show the extent to which Trump can get out the vote.

He volunteered his pool to a Paralympic athlete to train and didn’t realize he’d already met him
I had read this article in the [LA] Times about this Paralympian who was in Southern California and he didn’t have a place to train. I had just moved into a house where I built this 25 meter lap pool… I’m the only one that uses it really. I just said to my manager to reach out to this guy. When she contacted him he said ‘I know David I met him at the Malibu triathlon in the late 1990s.’ I thought back [to] when I finished my first triathlon in Malibu. It was kind of a short one it ends with brunch. This kid walked up to me with blades for legs a little 12 year old kid and he looks at me and he goes ‘you want my autograph?’ I was like ‘uh yeah sure.’ He goes ‘you want a picture with me?’ I was like ‘yeah’ and so we did it. It turns out 20 years later that it’s the same guy that I saw in the paper. I didn’t recognize him because he’s a man now but we met way back when when he was 12 and now he’s swimming in my pool.

[From Jimmy Kimmel Live on YouTube]

Scottish people hate Trump especially. David’s mom is a retired teacher and as the daughter of two teachers I feel like she should know the importance of voting. I wish more people would vote no matter what. I’m glad we voted the orange menace out but it’s disheartening to hear of so many people who didn’t bother until now. It’s like they have to wait until the president incites violence, tens of thousands of people die due to his incompetence, and they’re stuck at home for months in order to realize that they should care who is in office. At least they’re better than the f-cks who voted for Trump because they’re racist and against “socialism.” I guess that means they didn’t cash their relief checks and that they don’t accept social security or Medicare.

The story about David volunteering his pool to the Paralympic athlete and not realizing he’d already met him is incredible. There’s a NY Times first-person interview with the athlete, Rudy Garcia-Tolson. He posted the photo when he first met David to his Instagram, which is below.

Jimmy also asked David what he thinks about the government acknowledging UFOs earlier this year. David said he didn’t really have an opinion but people always ask him about it. I get that he doesn’t want to mess up his legacy as Mulder or make headlines for being pro or anti-aliens but he could have dropped a “truth is out there” line at least!

Here’s that interview!

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  1. sa says:

    I don’t know what to do with stories like this. I mean it’s great that she voted, but people not voting, or not voting responsibly (actually learning about what and who they are voting for), is part of how we got here to begin with. So good for her and all the other first time voters who were previously eligible to vote for finally doing their civic duty?

    I want to be more generous of spirit, I really do, but I’m just not there right now.

    • Anilehcim says:

      Yes, thank you! I feel the same way whenever I hear “this was such and such’s first time voting.” Why would you not contribute to something so incredibly important? For the first time in my life, I began looking up voter turn out in this country and I was stunned at how low the numbers are on average. Let’s hope this huge turn out won’t be an anomaly and people will continue to show up at this rate in the future. I really fear that people are going to go right back to their complacency and not care enough to vote again.

      • Kaykay says:

        I’m guessing she didn’t feel it was important enough, or to her it didn’t matter who won, until now. Just a guess on the behalf of her and also speaking from my own experience.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Same. No cookies from me.

    • lucy2 says:

      I know, I try to be happy about it and hope they will continue to be voters, but I find it very frustrating. People fought and DIED for this right, I don’t understand not exercising it.

      Even with this record turn out, there’s still 10s of millions who didn’t vote or aren’t registered. I don’t get it.

    • Lisa says:

      I am not saying that DD’s mom doesn’t understand the implications of her vote, but I have mixed feelings about stories like this. In the 2016 election my 83 year old grandmother was living in Florida, and had never voted in her entire life. My racist uncle was crowing about how he took her to the polls to make sure she voted for Trump. after 83 years of never casting a ballot. I was repulsed, and equally p.o’d because I question whether my GM understood what she was doing.

  2. Rapunzel says:

    Meanwhile, I cried because my beloved aunt voted for the first time in her 64 years of life… for Trump.

    There were too many of those stories.

  3. Kalana says:

    Yeah, it’s one thing if it’s because of being disenfranchised but not voting because of apathy is not a good look.

    Everybody needs to vote.

  4. grabbyhands says:

    Congrats on finally doing the right thing after 70 years, I guess?

    I’m tired of hearing about people who act like participating in their civic duty after decades of inaction is something to be lauded. Unless you have a specific reason as to why you could NOT vote, it’s probably something you should keep to yourself. It’s not funny or impressive.

    • bluemoonhorse says:

      My big question is are you going to vote again in 4 years? Or are you going to let the GOP win again because you are to lazy or to disinterested to do your duty to keep democracy?

      • Chanteloup says:

        I’m not gonna wait 4 years to vote again! Hello midterms and local elections, my foremothers fought for my right to vote and I exercise the hell out of it! Gratefully and loudly

      • bluemoonhorse says:

        @Chanteloup agree – but I was addressing specifically Duchovny’s mom. 😉

  5. Kyla says:

    I’m a lane swimmer and during the pandemic all lane swims at my local pool are by reservation only, and one swimmer per lane. No lane sharing. It’s amazing and I love it! I hated the way it was before with crowded lanes, swimmers not aware of what lane they should be based on how slow they are, the crowded ends of each lane with people standing around chit chatting. It left me furious and stressed at the end of my session. But now, a lane all to myself is glorious! I hope it never goes back to how it was when/if the pandemic ends.

    I’ve read before that David Duchovny is a serious swimmer. There used to be mentions of him being a regular at local lane swims when filming the X-Files in Vancouver.

    To have my own personal 25 meter lap pool in my backyard would absolutely be a priority if I was super rich.

    • Chaine says:

      I’m not so good with estimating metric, but 75 meters sounds enormous to me, like practically as long as a football field. I wonder how big his yard is?!!

      • Vera says:

        25m is half of what you see on tv during the olympics or swimming competitions. Competition length is 50m.
        I live now in the Uk and pools are closed again, there were hardly open at all this year. I swam in the sea during the summer as we had a decent summer for a change.
        But even when they are open, the Uk has very few decent size pools to swim and cleanliness is an issue as they dont enforce swim caps and it’s always full of kids.

  6. bluemoonhorse says:

    And it’s why in 4 years when we don’t have Trump to run against, we may lose the presidency again. The Democrats need to wise up. This was a one-off.

  7. Cee says:

    I really don’t understand why people do not vote. How can you expect things to be better but not participate in the one meaningful way? In my mind people who do not vote have no right to complain nor expect things to change for the better. Want change? Then VOTE. There are no excuses.*

    *except real ones like being in the hospital and the likes.

    • schmootc says:

      If you don’t vote, you need to shut your piehole and take a seat. That’s your chance to have your voice heard and for it to mean something! And if there’s anything that the last two elections have taught us, it’s that every vote does matter.

  8. SJ Knows says:

    I agree 110%!

  9. Mignionette says:

    I understand why people are upset that some people don’t exercise their vote, but we also need to be mindful that in this day and age people are heavily disenfranchised with Political parties.

    It speaks to the toxicity of Trump that turnout was so high.

    • Ohlala says:

      I said this thousand times and will say again and again. We need to stop infantilize adult people! The right to vote was soo fought for. In many European countries we have it as a law that you MUST vote otherwise you pay fine.
      All this bragging “voted for the first time” ffs it is shame and nothing else.

    • lucy2 says:

      I get that, but what does staying home get you? Even if you dislike both options, you should pick the one closer to your ideals, or at the very least the one you think will be better for those you care about.

    • Veronica S. says:

      I get it for people who are living is heavily party skewed states like California or Mississippi, particular in regions where voter suppression is a big issue. That’s a huge part of why we need to dump the EC. However, I find it absolutely unconscionable in swing states and particularly in political situations like this.

  10. Amelie says:

    That’s nice he’s letting the athlete he already met as a kid use his pool (also a funny coincidence). This immediately made me think of that infamous scene in the X-Files when Mulder gets out of the pool in a red speedo. I recently learned apparently this was David’s idea and his own bathing suit lol.

    Nice his mom voted, but did it have to take a half-Scottish fascist to motivate her to do it?

  11. fifee says:

    As a Scot I can say that Im deeply offended that Trump is half Scottish. But c’mon ma’, whats with the 60-ish years of not voting? That also offends me.

  12. Valerie says:

    My dad is Scottish, and I can kind of understand where she’s coming from. We live in Canada, but for years, he refused to vote, saying that you couldn’t trust any of them. Right, left, center, all politicians were the same.

    Until Trump was elected, he never paid much attention to any political situation. Suddenly, his liberal side jumped out, lol. This is the most engaged I’ve ever seen him, so yeah, I can kind of understand why it took her so long. I don’t *agree*—but whatever wakes you up, I guess?

    I think people from the UK and Ireland have a healthy disdain for Western politics, especially American because they tend to think of themselves as the center of the universe.

  13. Izzy says:

    Yeah, no. Sorry. No cookie for doing something you should have been arsed to do in the first place. I became a US citizen specifically so I could vote and have a voice in the direction my country is headed. I take the obligation seriously.