Norman Lear thinks that Donald Trump is America’s middle finger.
“I want to believe that the American people are holding up Donald Trump as they might their middle finger, and they are giving the middle finger to the establishment, to all of us left and right who are the establishment, because they are badly served by the establishment,” said Lear in an interview with Jeanne Wolf.
Lear continued to say that America’s culture is one of excess, and that Trump is the at its pinnacle.
“He is excessively assholian, but I think that American people understand that and this is their way of saying, ‘This is how you are taking care of us, you leaders, take this.’ And they give us Donald Trump.”
Wolf responded by crediting Trump with shaking up the conversation and forcing more from other politicians than the typical canned talking points.
“I infer from your question that you think Donald Trump has something on his mind other than himself,” Lear responded. “And I’m not sure of that. Donald Trump is selling his own product and I don’t think he has my kids in mind, and their future.”
Lear is a TV producer who created “The Jeffersons,” “All in the Family” and “Sanford and Son.”