Tuesday 21 May 2024

Film Director Oliver Stone Defends Trump Amid Criminal Trials: ‘It’s Called Lawfare’

 Film director Oliver Stone defended former President Donald Trump in an interview that was published over the weekend against the criminal trials that he faces.

Speaking with Variety, Stone, who is a staunch opponent of the former president, compared the trials that Trump faces with the trials that other world leaders face.

“The charges on both sides of the Trump-Biden election are pretty wild,” Stone said. “It’s a new form of warfare. It’s called lawfare. And that’s what they’re using against Trump. And I think there’s interesting parallels here in America, as well as all over the world, you’re seeing this kind of behavior. [Trump’s] got four trials and some of these charges, whether you’re for him or against him, they are minor.”

The interviewer said that when Stone started talking about Trump, a publicist for Stone’s new documentary, “Lula,” which is about Brazil’s far-left president, tried to get Stone to talk about something else, but Stone waved him off.

He later suggested that the U.S. needs to reform its election systems and political systems to be more like Europe so that there are more parties to choose from instead of it always being just two political parties clashing.

“If you’re a poor man or a middle-class man it’s very hard to run for office in the United States, unless you have money and corporate sponsors,” he later added. “Money controls politics in the United States. If you go to European countries, you’ll find that their elections are very mandated. The British elections are very low cost, or they used to be until recently. In France, they have election rules. And we need that in the United States. Let’s get the money out of the politics.”

“Look at the [two] parties,” he later added. “We should be multi-party and we should have public money in politics like they do in Poland. Or look at the English and the French models.”

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