Nick Offerman talks about smashing the patriarchy and voting for Hillary
Nick Offerman may have flawlessly portrayed Ron Swanson on television — the hypermasculine Libertarian, government-hating breakfast food connoisseur on Parks and Recreation — but the actor’s real life political worldview is a little more nuanced than that of our beloved head of the Pawnee parks department.
Offerman recently spoke to Esquire about his new woodworking book that is part memoir and part how-to, Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop.
(YES, THE REAL RON SWANSON IS AN ACTUAL WOODWORKER IN CASE YOU WERE UNAWARE)
And in the interview, Nick spoke about the 2016 election, as well as his thoughts on Hillary and Trump -- and we are nodding our heads in agreement.
When asked for his thoughts about the direction of the presidential campaigns, Nick elaborated on his political philosophy based on human decency:
"You know, we have nobody to blame but ourselves for this election... I mean, I'm not a great political brain, but I definitely have a pretty simple take on politics that involves common decency... It's usually easy for me to vote because one party usually offends me by being indecent. And that usually has to do with taking away the rights of some group. That's where my gut begins with politics... And so seeing what's going on is just astonishing."
Nick also compared the critiques of Hillary versus the critiques of Trump — pointing out that negative information about Hillary is the type of critique typical for a politician — while Trump’s past includes fraud and zero political experience. When asked how he plans to vote, Nick explained why he is Hillary all the way:
"...There's no logical or sane or moral choice to be made other than voting for Hillary Clinton. But I also think that if she were not a woman, we would not be in this boat. I think the election would be over already."
Offerman continued to speak on the role of sexism in the election — calling for a literal smashing of the patriarchy <3
"And that's another sad thing, that a large reason there's so much anger and mistrust of her is because people are very reluctant to see the patriarchy topple. I am incredibly excite that the glass ceiling will be shattered."
We think Leslie Knope would be proud.
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