Recently, I remarked how actors’ opinions on politics don’t matter. Yet, I’ve now read Louis CK’s letter to his fans (copy of pertinent section of letter at Variety.com) warning them about Donald Trump. I also came across John Oliver’s episode ripping into Donald Trump. Now, there is a difference. John Oliver’s profession is to comment on the state of American politics with jokes. Louis CK’s is to tell jokes that sometimes are about politics.
Had Louis CK said exactly the same thing as John Oliver, I’d have stuck to my guns. The theme of warning America about Donald Trump was the same. But, the difference is the tone. I found that tone measured.
From the letter:
And I’m not advocating for Hillary or Bernie. I like them both but frankly I wish the next president was a conservative only because we had Obama for eight years and we need balance. And not because I particularly enjoy the conservative agenda. I just think the government should reflect the people. And we are about 40 percent conservative and 40 percent liberal. When I was growing up and when I was a younger man, liberals and conservatives were friends with differences. They weren’t enemies. And it always made sense that everyone gets a president they like for a while and then hates the president for a while. But it only works if the conservatives put up a good candidate. A good smart conservative to face the liberal candidate so they can have a good argument and the country can decide which way to go this time.
That observation is something that I haven’t heard said enough. The remainder is a direct assault on Trump.