Rare’s Hélène Vincent notes that actor Vince Vaughn didn’t look too enthused during Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes Sunday.
However Vaughn felt about Streep’s speech, we do know how he feels about Hollywood actors being overtly political — at least when it comes to himself.
I worked for the Ron Paul presidential campaign in 2012, and that year Vaughn chose to appear on stage with Paul in Reno, Nev.
The actor and the congressman had developed a relationship over a number of years, due primarily to Vaughn’s particular interest in the issue of the Federal Reserve.
Every major news outlet covered Vaughn’s Paul appearance, and of course each requested interviews with him. Many contacted Ron Paul’s organization Campaign for Liberty seeking an interview.
Campaign for Liberty officials told me Vaughn turned down all interviews, and of course, you can Google in vain looking for an interview about this with the actor.
Vince Vaughn wanted to support his friend Ron Paul but did not want to become “that guy,” as in a Sean Penn-style actor that is also a political activist.
I wrote about the event for The Daily Caller in 2011.
When Vaughn introduced Paul at the Liberty Political Action Conference in Reno, Nevada, last week, it was not something the actor took lightly, knowing full well that introducing the 2012 GOP presidential candidate in a public forum would make national headlines. Of course, that was sort of the point. But whereas many Hollywood actors revel in their role as political activists, Vaughn did not particularly want to use his celebrity to promote his views or anyone else’s. Still, Vaughn had political concerns, as do most Americans, and felt it was appropriate and important to make his support for Paul known.
Though he isn’t a political actor per se, Vaughn does discuss his libertarian beliefs and alliances occasionally, as he did when he spoke at a Young Americans for Liberty (the largest center-right youth activist organization in the U.S.) event in Los Angeles in 2015.
“I have gotten to know Rand through Ron, [and] I found him to be very consistent on a lot of the issues where liberty is concerned, and liked him very much,” Vaughn said about the 2016 election. “He’s the candidate that is currently running that I am most sort of aligned with in sort of his thoughts and philosophies,” Vaughn added.
I observed in 2011 of the Vaughn-Ron Paul meeting, “Vaughn supported Paul simply because he felt it was the right thing to do. Vince stood behind Ron because he believes his ideas are what’s right for this country. This was not a backroom deal made for mutual benefit. This wasn’t even a backroom deal.”
“Vaughn did it as a philosophical ally and a friend, and he quite literally had nothing to gain personally from this — which is precisely what made it so special.”
Disclosure: I co-authored Sen. Rand Paul’s 2011 book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington”