Vince Vaughn: ‘You Should Stand Up’ for Free Speech, Even When You Disagree

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Vince Vaughn: ‘You Should Stand Up’ for Free Speech, Even When You Disagree

By Cooper Dowd, Staff Writer

Hollywood actor and producer Vince Vaughn defended free speech for all after receiving ridicule for a brief conversation with President Donald Trump.  

Vaughn, 50, talked with the Los Angeles Times about his conversation with President Donald Trump. Leftists immediately demanded that the star be canceled. 

Vaughn refused to back down. Instead, he reiterated that free speech should be defended, even if you disagree with the speaker.

“I was raised with the idea that you could have different likes and beliefs and you should respect and defend that in other people, not shout it down,” Vaughn said. “The people you disagree with the most, you should stand up for their right to do that.”

Vaughn lives by this mantra and recalled several cordial conversations with other politicians such as Nancy Pelosi, who is on the opposite side of the political spectrum from Trump.  

Vaughn described his brief interaction with Trump as “very personable,” and that the two “didn’t get into policies.”

“I think people are more charged than ever about these things,” Vaughn said. “But I don’t think most people take that stuff as seriously as the small percentage that’s making noise about it.”

Kind LLC founder Daniel Lubetzky echoed Vaughn’s plight while on Fox News. 

“My father was in the concentration camp in Dachau,” Lubetzky explained. “So having that background, I’m very, very sensitive to the polarization and division that can actually hurt our nation. I’ve never seen the divisions that I see now.”

Lubetzky continued: “It takes enormous amounts of strength to listen to the side that you disagree with and still respect them and assume positive intent,” he said. “I think in the last several years, we’ve lost that ability, and we need to regain that.”

Vaughn starred in the inspirational war movie HACKSAW RIDGE and the strikingly pro-life movie DELIVERY MAN. While both of these movies are worth seeing for their moral and inspiring stories, be sure to check out the full reviews at movieguide.org.