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Jeff Bridges: ‘I’m rooting’ for Trump as a human being

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Actor Jeff Bridges, renowned for his roles as a president in the film “The Contender” and as The Dude in “The Big Lebowski,” said he is “rooting” for President Trump as “a human being.”

“I’m rooting for him to do well by our country,” Bridges told The Associated Press in an interview published Wednesday.

“I’m rooting for him as a human being to do the cool thing,” he added, after saying other people who were upset by the election result would be “blatantly out there talking about their disappointments and ridiculing the way President Trump is acting.”

{mosads}Bridges, who supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign, told the news outlet that every person has “something different and unique to contribute to society and with different ways of doing it.”

His accepting views come after a string of celebrities, including comedian Kathy Griffin and actor Johnny Depp, have made violent jokes or allusions to assassinating Trump in recent weeks.

The actor, who is involved in combating childhood hunger, expressed concern about the administration’s proposed cuts to federal food assistance programs, saying they could adversely affect the well-being of children.

Bridges founded End Hunger Network in 1983, and in 2010 he became an ambassador and public face for the “No Kid Hungry” campaign, which works to help struggling families with food insecurity.

“The health of our children is a wonderful compass that can tell us if our country is going the right direction,” he told the AP. “That means we’re off course, so I’m rooting for the president to get on course.”

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