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Bill Murray Praises Trump Tax Cuts, Critical Of Democrats

| by Jonathan Constante

Comedian Bill Murray shed some light on his own political views during a recent interview with CNBC, praising Trump's tax cuts and criticizing Democrats for divisiveness.

While speaking with CNBC's Squawk Box, Murray referred to the current political climate as a "Clash of Clans everyday, first thing in the morning," the Daily Mail reported.

"People are going to war about so much," the comedian said.

Murray was critical about the way Democrats approach politics.

"My friend who's a great comedy writer, Jim Downey, he's accused of being a right-wing comedy writer, if there is such a thing," Murray said. "He says, 'No, I just think the way the Democrats handle things is poor, where they try to pick out little pieces of a population, oh well we represent the Hispanics, we represent the LGBT or something.'"

"And they're not speaking to everyone at once," Murray continued. "And it's almost demeaning to say, 'I'm choosing you because you're a splinter group or you're a certain minority group.'

"There's almost a resentment that somehow you're separated, again, by a politician -- 'You're my people. I'm in control of you, I represent you,' instead of thinking that each citizen has a right to be respected as a citizen first, under the laws of the country."

Murray lamented that the divisiveness looming over the country has made political comedy very difficult to execute.

"How can Kristen Wiig make everyone laugh?" the 67-year-old asked. "She's not thinking about being political, she's thinking about what resonates and what is common to all of us.

"I think that's harder and harder to do because people are trying to win their point of view as opposed to saying, 'What if I had spoke to everyone?'"

Murray did express some satisfaction however, with the Republican tax reform.

"The change in the tax law is a great thing for the corporations, it's a fantastic thing," he said. "I don't pretend to understand what that will mean in the future in terms of the economy or what the budget will have to do to take care of what people call entitlements."

"In the first step, it's made things easier," Murray continued. "I think people feel like there was probably too much regulation, and yet you just hope that they don't throw out the baby with the bathwater when breaking down regulations."

Murray is gearing up to perform at the Sydney Opera House for two nights in November, the Daily Telegraph reported. He will be singing classical music and reading from Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain.

Sources: Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: CNBC via Daily Mail, Ipernity