Actor Sean Astin said the ever-contentious nature of the 2016 presidential campaign has “challenged” him, invoking feelings of anger, frustration, disappointment and disgust.
But, despite those intense emotions, he plans to let respect reign, regardless of what happens at the polls on Tuesday.
Astin, who has starred in films like “The Goonies,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Rudy,” is a Christian as well as an outspoken advocate for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, diligently campaigning this year on her behalf.
“I like to think of myself as a person who is decent and kind and good-hearted,” he said in a video released to Faithwire. “I’ve always tried to communicate with others in a respectful and dignified fashion.”
But Astin said this election has absolutely challenged him, leaving him with “so much anger and frustration and disappointment and … disgust with so many people.”
Watch Astin’s candid comments about the election below:
The actor said the entire process has been a downer, revealing the personal attacks he has faced for his decision to back Clinton — but he’s refusing to abandon his positive treatment of others amid the chaos.
“When people question my faith, they impune my integrity, they malign me, my friends, my family — it kind of makes my blood boil,” Astin said. “But as a person of faith, I am easily disposed to forgive, and to love, and to respect — and admire all of the goodness that exists in all of us.”
Despite his support for Clinton — which is on full display in the video below — he said he will respect whatever Americans decide in the wake of Tuesday’s election.
“I am completely determined to respect the winner and not to engage in vitriolic language or hostility or anger or betrayal — or all of the other things that I will obviously be feeling if it’s not my candidate who wins,” Astin said. “I think it is incumbent upon all of us to dig deep into ourselves, to respect the wishes of the American people … to hold firm to our beliefs, but not so much that we hurt other people by impeding progress.”
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