Matthew McConaughey: I’d Be ‘Arrogant Not to’ Consider Running for President

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: After meeting with President Joe Biden, actor Matthew McConaughey talks to reporters during the daily news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on June 07, 2022 in Washington, DC. McConaughey, a native of Uvalde, Texas, expressed his support for new …
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Actor Matthew McConaughey, who made headlines earlier this year for loudly pushing gun control from Joe Biden’s White House, said he would “be arrogant not to” consider running for President of the United States at the annual Dreamforce convention in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday.

After tech giant Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff asked McConaughey about the 2024 presidential election, the Dazed and Confused star said, “Yeah I’ll consider it in the future, I’d be arrogant not to, absolutely I would consider it,” according to a report by SFGate.

“If I got into any form of politics I’d be remiss not to also go in as an artist and a storyteller; help put a narrative together,” McConaughey added. “You’re the CEO of a state and a nation, a lot of compartmentalization and choices to be made. They scare me but I’m not afraid of ’em.”

Over the summer, McConaughey, who has made a small fortune executive producing and starring in TV and movies using guns, has called for gun control laws — which have not stopped mass shootings — arguing that they are an “acceptable sacrifice” for supporters of the Second Amendment.

The Magic Mike star went on to suggest that if he does end up running for president in the future, it could be because he has no choice.

“If that happened to me I would be pulled into it,” he said. “If I’m living right, which I’m trying to, we get pulled into things — it’s inevitable. I didn’t choose it, it chose me.”

“There’s definitely a greater divide now than there has been,” McConaughey added. “One thing is we have to admit that part of that divide is the Kool-Aid we’re being sold. The divide is not as thick as we’re being sold; most of us are much more near the middle than we’re being told.”

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