Matthew McConaughey Believes We’ll Have ‘Anarchy’ If Americans Don’t Start Trusting Each Other

Matthew McConaughey is one of Hollywood‘s brightest stars. But he also has some notions about the state of American politics.

Matthew McConaughey sparks rumors he’s running for governor of Texas

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Matthew McConaughey speaks onstage during HISTORY Talks Leadership & Legacy presented by HISTORY at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 29, 2020 in New York City | Noam Galai/Getty Images for HISTORY

In a recent interview on the radio program hosted by Hugh Hewitt, the talk show host told McConaughey: “… you’re kind of center-right in the view of people.”

“You could be governor of Texas,” Hewitt offered. “You ever gonna run for anything?”

“I don’t know,” McConaughey answered honestly. “I mean … it would be up to the people more than it would me.”

However, the actor didn’t seem to be jumping at the chance.

“Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now,” he told Hewitt. Would he ever consider throwing his hat in the gubernatioral ring?

“… when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested,” McConaughey said.

In the same conversation, McConaughey was asked: if he were a “brand ambassador” for the upcoming U.S. president, Joe Biden, what would he encourage the leader to do? Something, Hewitt offered — “that both Democrats and Republicans could get behind?”

“I would get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again,” McConaughey argued. “No matter side of the aisle you’re on … we have broken those social contracts.”

Even though McConaughey doesn’t openly want political office, he has a lot of opinions on the state of the nation.

“We don’t trust each other and that leads to us to not trusting ourselves, which, if that becomes epidemic, then we got anarchy,” the Dazed and Confused alum continued.

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When the conversation moved to other Hollywood actors making moves in politics — like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Clint Eastwood — McConaughey said he wasn’t necessarily inspired to follow in their footsteps.

“I saw the power of fame,” the actor said in the radio interview. “But that’s already a question — and this is not speaking to how much I agreed or disagreed with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s politics or not.”

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However, that exact concept is why McConaughey wasn’t shocked at the results of the 2016 election.

“A lot of people that I know on the far left were in denial after he had become the president,” he explained. “And I remember saying, ‘well, look, regardless of his politics …What do we say in America is successful? What do we give credit and respect?’”

As the Interstellar star pointed out, “the top 2 things” in this country are “money and fame.” McConaughey remembers telling his more liberal peers that for that reason, it wasn’t a shock Trump won.

“And I said, ‘guys, just on a very base level, Trump has those. So, I don’t know why you should be so surprised that he got elected,’” McConaughey told Hewitt.

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