Vaughn raised eyebrows after footage of him having a conversation with President Donald Trump during Monday’s College Football National Championship game was posted online by former Deadspin editor and writer Timothy Burke.
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
Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy said the backlash over the interaction exposed the country’s deep divide.
“Unless America talks to the other side and we can just talk to each other ... they might as well just split the country right in half, right down the Mississippi,” said Doocy.
He also suggested that anyone in Vaughn’s position would have spoken to Trump.
“If you’re in the same box at an event or something like that and the president’s right over there or you’re sitting next to him — who wouldn’t talk to him?” he added.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade echoed Doocy’s explanation of the exchange, saying “If the president of the United States gave me the opportunity to say ‘hi’ I’m going to do that.”
Fellow panelist Ainsley Earhardt noted, “It doesn’t mean you have to vote for him, it doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything they say — he’s the president of the United States!”
Viewers weighed in on Twitter, with some saying they were thrilled to see the seemingly friendly interaction between Vaughn and Trump:
I love ❤️ Vince Vaughn. He is a great actor/comedian and wonderful man! Proud of my nation and it’s wonderful people!
— patriot 🦊 fox (@maryfox73531980) January 14, 2020
@foxandfriends I’m buying 5 copies of”Wedding Crashers” to give to my friends. What Vince Vaughn did is called civility. We need more of it.
— Bill waits (@Billwaits1) January 14, 2020
This just makes me like Vince Vaughn even more. God bless him.
— Mia Cardenas (@arenbean) January 14, 2020
But others didn’t have such positive things to say about the actor:
Nobody cares about Vince Vaughn it’s just funny that he’s hanging out with the president because he’s an irrelevant hack, this isn’t hard to understand.
— Casey Taylor (@CTWritePretty) January 14, 2020
Calm down people. Vince Vaughn was just doing research for his upcoming role as a piece of crap.
— Abraham (@TruthfulBurns) January 14, 2020
I had to stop and think, 'who's that?' when I saw "Vince Vaughn" trending. I couldn't care less about him. https://t.co/RDfdkqtzgv
— Placeholder for cool name TBA 🏳️🌈 (@TachiMine) January 14, 2020
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