Wednesday, June 19, 2024

EXCLUSIVE Bill Clinton on Donald Trump: “Let him burn himself out”


Bill Clinton was not on the official guest list last night for Barry Levinson’s “Rock the Kasbah” and didn’t make the actual screening. But he was already at East Hampton’s famed Mexican style pub the Blue Parrot when the other guests– including Paul and Nancy McCartney and Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi (he’s a part owner in the eatery)– arrived.

Everyone wanted to talk to Clinton, and he was nice enough to chat with me for a few minutes about his love of music, in particular R&B legend Sam Moore. (He lit up when I mentioned that I knew Sam.)

I did ask the former president what he thought about Donald Trump. In particular, I wondered how will Trump’s campaign — a carnival at this point– ever end?

Clinton purred– his voice is like a narcotic– “I think we should let him burn himself out,” he said.

And what does he think of Joe Biden: “I think we have to give him time to make the right decision for himself.”

Clinton hung out for quite a while– after all, it’s a short trip to the rental home he and Hillary took in Amagansett.

By the way, here’s the thing about Bill Clinton that you should know: he radiates charisma. You might criticize him at cocktail parties among your friends. But when you meet him, he becomes your best friend. Even Bruce Willis, a Republican, looked mesmerized by him.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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