Vince Vaughn chatted with Trump during the NCAA's National Championship game and no one knows what they talked about
Actor Vince Vaughn was seen chatting with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday. A 31-second clip of their interaction showed Vaughn shaking Trump's hand and waving to Rep. Steve Scalise, who was sitting next to the president. The audio of the interaction wasn't captured in the video. Vaughn has said for years that he is a libertarian. He supported former Rep. Ron Paul for many years and spoke about his support for libertarian policies multiple interviews. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Actor Vince Vaughn was seen chatting with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the NCAA's College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday night. A 31-second clip of their interaction was uploaded to Twitter by journalist Timothy Burke. In the clip, the "Wedding Crashers" actor sat down briefly with the president and shook his hand before parting ways to watch the Louisiana State Tigers beat the Clemson Tigers 42-25. As Vaughn walked away, he waved to Rep. Steve Scalise, who was sitting next to Trump. The audio of the interaction wasn't captured. A representative for Vaughn didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for information about the exchange. As Vaughn's interaction with Trump went viral, people on social media debated where he should be "canceled" or not. Former National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch said Vaughn was one of her "favorites" and made a "Wedding Crashers" joke while voicing her support for the actor. "Back off the canceling, stage five clingers," she tweeted.
I'm very sorry to have to share this video with you. All of it, every part of it. pic.twitter.com/ELMbDHZbZq — Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 14, 2020
Vaughn has said for years that he is a libertarian. He told Rolling Stone in 2013 that he agreed with Republican and libertarian former Rep. Ron Paul "on most things," Newsweek reported. He also supported Paul's 2008 and 2012 presidential bids, and later supported him at a conference in 2015.
According to The Daily Beast, Vaughn has supported a long list of Libertarian policies in an 2015 interview with Playboy that is no longer available on the internet. In the interview, he voiced support for permissive gun laws and marriage equality, and opposition to the Patriot Act and unchecked war. He later reiterated his support for permissive gun laws in a British GQ interview. "Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat," he said. Burke said that since his video of Vaughn and Trump went viral, he's been receiving death threats.
The caption is about the people singing along to Sweet Caroline and now I’m getting actual death threats on the phone https://t.co/BKtx9bWfZA — Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 14, 2020
Vaughn's interaction with Trump isn't the first celebrity interaction with a Republican president to go viral on social media in recent months. Ellen DeGeneres faced backlash last year after photographs emerged of her sitting with former President George W. Bush at a Cowboys game. She later addressed the backlash during "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," saying, "Here's the thing: I'm friends with George Bush. "In fact, I'm friends with a lot of people who don't share the same beliefs that I have. We're all different, and I think we've forgotten that that's OK, that we're all different."
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Trump did not attend John Lewis' funeral. Here are 4 other major funerals he missed while president.
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"Even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting," Obama said during his eulogy, seemingly alluding to Trump's recent unsubstantiated claims that vote-by-mail leads to widespread fraud. "Even undermining the postal service in the run-up to an election, that's going to be dependent on mail-in ballots, so people don't get sick." Though he did not mention Trump by name, Obama emphasized that his pointed remarks were not off-script: "I know this is a celebration of John's life. There are some who might say, 'We shouldn't dwell on such things.' But that's why I'm talking about it. John Lewis devoted his time on this earth fighting the very attacks on democracy." He received a standing ovation from the crowd, which was filled with several notable officials including former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — who also delivered eulogies — but not Trump. The president earlier this week also skipped Lewis' memorial service in Washington, DC. It's not the first time Trump has missed a funeral, though he has attended a couple as president, including services for the late Rev. Billy Graham and former President George H.W. Bush. Here are four prominent funerals Trump did not attend:Rep. Elijah Cummings Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings' funeral service took place last October in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, part of the district he represented since 1996. The former chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee, who helped lead the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump that was taking place at the time, died at age 68. In the months leading up to his death, Trump engaged in an escalating public feud with the congressman, calling him a "racist," launching attacks at Baltimore, and appearing to mock a reported burglary at his home. Trump skipped the funeral. A copy of the president's schedule that day showed he had nothing on his agenda at the time. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and former First Ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton were all in attendance, among many other key lawmakers and high-ranked officials, including now Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows, who delivered a tearful speech in honor of his "dear friend." Rep. John Dingell Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member in Congress ever at more than 59 years, died at age 92 last February. A funeral service in Washington, DC, was attended by former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as former Republican House Speaker John Boehner, among others. Former Vice President Joe Biden attended another funeral held in Michigan, Dingell's home state. Trump was not at either funeral, but he ordered American flags to be flown at half-mast after Dingell's death to honor him. Months later, Trump suggested the Democratic congressman might be in hell after his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), after she voted to support impeachment. "Maybe he's looking up, I don't know," Trump said during a campaign rally in Michigan. "But let's assume he's looking down." Rep. Debbie Dingell called his comment a gut punch. Sen. John McCain In perhaps the most controversial of Trump's missed funerals, the president did not attend the late Arizona Sen. John McCain's ceremony in September 2018 because he was not invited. Cindy McCain, the senator's wife, explained that she wanted the service to remain "with dignity." "Even though it was a very public funeral, we are still family. For all of us and for the sake of my own children, I didn't want any disruption. This was about John, not about anything else at all," she said at the time. Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, and other members of his administration attended the funeral. The president had been in a longtime dispute with the late senator, hurling insults at the revered naval officer who died aged 81 after a battle with cancer. McCain, who was much admired by politicians from both sides of the aisle, had not shied away from speaking out against Trump, unlike many from within his party. Trump continued to spew repeated attacks against McCain even after his death. Former First Lady Barbara Bush Former First Lady Barbara Bush's funeral held in Houston, Texas, was attended by more than 1,000 people. Trump was not one of them. She died in April 2018 at the age of 92 and was remembered as a much-admired public figure of the World War II generation. Her husband, the late former President George H.W. Bush was at the service with his sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Among the people gathered also included the Obamas and Clintons, as well as First Lady Melania Trump. 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