Donald Trump seems to think that actor Robert Redford is on his side, when the longtime Democrat is most assuredly not.
The 2016 GOP presidential candidate tweeted out an image of Redford on Tuesday morning, which had been edited to include choice quotes from the A Walk in the Woods actor. In addition, Trump added his own text to the tweet thanking Redford: “Wow! Such nice words from Robert Redford on my running for President. Thank you, Robert”:
Wow! Such nice words from Robert Redford on my running for President. Thank you, Robert. pic.twitter.com/TpV3w18BW6
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2015
Unfortunately, like a similar instance in August involved a re-purposed quote from Warren Buffett, Trump and his campaign team are either (a) being really thick, (b) actively deceiving Trump’s Twitter followers, or (c) both. That’s because, while the words are indeed Redford’s, Trump’s campaign has removed them quite far from their original context.
Yes, the quote itself came from the lips of Redford. However, other gems about Trump and the 2016 presidential race in general were also uttered, and none of them really painted anyone in a favorable light — Trump least of all. Selections include:
“He’s [re: Trump] got such a big foot in his mouth I’m not sure you could get it out.”
The current state of the presidential race, Redford told King, is “like Looney Tunes and not Merrie Melodies. It’s crazy stuff.”
Redford, star of the new movie, A Walk in the Woods, lamented, “It’s like, come on, you guys. You’re making us feel foolish, just having to watch you.”
Hell, they couldn’t even get the original h/t right, as Redford’s edited quote didn’t come from an original piece by The Hill. It came from Redford and fellow actor Nick Nolte‘s interview with Larry King on Larry King Now, which The Hill aggregated.
Here’s a clue, Mr. Trump. When people discussing your are giggling as much as Redford and Nolte are, they’re not being supportive of you — even if the words they use seem like they’d be otherwise. It’s called sarcasm.
To watch the original interview, check out the clip below via Ora.tv:
UPDATE–2:29 p.m. ET: It wasn’t really necessary, but the Hollywood Reporter received the following denial of endorsement from Redford’s representatives:
“He enjoys him,” Redford’s rep tells THR, “but not for president.”
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