Actor Kevin Costner, who backed Pete Buttigieg in the 2020 Democratic primary, has thrown his star power behind Rep. Liz Cheney as she faces an increasingly uphill battle in Wyoming’s Republican primary.
“Real men put the country above the party,” Liz Cheney said in a post on Twitter Monday as she shared a photo of Kevin Costner wearing an “I’m for Liz Cheney” t-shirt.
Real men put the campaign before the party. pic.twitter.com/7FaJpahtll
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) August 1, 2022
Even with the Yellowstone star endorsement, the former vice president’s daughter has a long way to go if she hopes to win the Republican primary against her opponent Harriet Hageman, who holds a 52% lead over Cheney’s embarrassing 30%.
Costner’s endorsements haven’t exactly carried much weight politically in the past, given that he went all-in for Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the Democratic primary.
“The force he describes is not one that limits compassion on behalf of America,” Costner said of Buttigieg in 2019. “He’s a man who not only understands how the world looks at us, but how the story goes and how we should look at each other.And perhaps most importantly, I see Pete as a man of his moment and maybe of his time.
Earlier that year, without mentioning President Trump by name, Costner expressed dismay at the state of American politics, arguing that our selfishness has turned the country away from its former greatness.
“The political landscape is unrecognizable to me, and shame on us to be in this place,” the actor said. Variety. “That could change overnight, not because of a vote, but because people are saying, ‘I want to try to be more than myself. This is the definition of public service.
Costner went on to say that the American experience will always be great, while conceding that it will decline if policy continues down this path.
“This is mankind’s greatest experience: America,” he said. “This great idea of America still exists, it’s still there. People always want to come here, but we’re not the first in almost everything that matters and we have an exaggerated idea of who we are. We exaggerate what we are. We are all that is awesome and we are all that is human. And our humanity and level of selfishness outweighs our chance to be great.