‘When was it great?’: Actor Bryan Cranston says ‘MAGA’ is racist — then he takes a shot at America
Actor Bryan Cranston, best known for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad,” declared over the weekend that Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” is “racist.”
Speaking with CNN anchor Chris Wallace, Cranston said it is absolutely “imperative” that CRT is taught in the public school system, invoking Germany and the “MAGA” slogan as his justification.
“I think it’s imperative that it’s taught, that we look at our history much the same, I think, that Germany has looked at their history, involvement in the wars, one and two, and embrace it and say this is where we went wrong. This is how it went wrong,” Cranston explained.
“When I see the ‘Make America Great Again,’ my comment is: Do you accept that that could possibly be construed as a racist remark?” he continued. “And most people, a lot of people go, how could that be racist? Make America great again?
“I said, so just ask yourself from an African-American experience, when was it ever great in America for the African-American? When was it great? So if you’re making it great again, it’s not including them,” he claimed.
What provoked the reaction was a question about Cranston’s heated interview with Bill Maher in which the two disagreed about critical race theory.
While Cranston believes that CRT should be taught in schools, Maher criticized the idea because he believes “critical race theory” is too broad and often involves topics that most people believe are inappropriate or wrong.
“Critical race theory, I mean, it’s just one of these catch-all terms. If you mean we should honestly teach our past, of course; if you mean more what the 1619 book says, which is that it’s just the essence of America and that we are irredeemable, that’s just wrong,” Maher told Cranston.
When the actor criticized Florida for not teaching CRT, Maher told him, “Because sometimes it veers off into things that are really not appropriate in schools.”
The two ultimately agreed that some “woke” issues should not be taught in schools. Cranston argued that “common sense” should govern that, but Maher countered that America, at least right now, lacks common sense.