We all know him as Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, but actor Chris Evans seems to have let his role as America’s Classic Hero go to his head. In a recent interview with Esquire magazine, The Cap’n made some bold statements that reflect his typical Hollywood liberal perspective—a perspective not shared by a significant percentage of the citizens of the United States.
There’s no lack of irony in the actor portraying Captain America lecturing us on politics: In the original Marvel 1940’s storyline, Rogers was a scrawny wimp who was so eager to fight the enemy that he signed up for an experimental treatment rather than accept his physique and learn how to benefit the war effort as himself. In Rogers’ quest to be great, he sacrificed his identity for a larger cause.
Which must be what Chris Evans thinks he’s doing. He’s definitely angry about Donald Trump winning the presidential election:
“I feel rage,” he says. “I feel fury. It’s unbelievable. People were just so desperate to hear someone say that someone is to blame. They were just so happy to hear that someone was angry. Hear someone say that Washington sucks . . .”
In other words, if you don’t recognize that Donald Trump is a problem, it’s just because you’re desperate. I can’t imagine that a long-time unemployed coal miner or steel worker or a single mom who is working three jobs to try to keep up is going to agree, but maybe as the “living symbol of freedom,” Cap’n knows more than we do. After all, it’s easy to have this attitude when you’ve got a net worth of forty million dollars.
The core issue with Evans’ thinking, however, is that it stems from the “everyone who has it hard is a victim of the man” sort of mentality. That might work in the simplistic moral universe of comic books, but in the real world it’s nonsense.
And despite what he thinks, Chris Evan’s views on geopolitics don’t represent those of the American people. According to Pew Research, forty-seven percent of all registered voters (Democrats and Republicans) say that life is worse today than it was fifty years ago. As well, only about half of Americans believe that diplomacy is the best way to ensure world peace, and almost fifty percent of all Americans say that free trade agreements have been a bad thing for the U.S., issues Trump emphasized during his campaign.
Evans might want to take a cue about politics from Captain America’s creators, writer Joe Simon and artist Jack Kirby. As Simon’s daughter, Melissa Groben, recently explained to the Hollywood Reporter, “Captain America was created while the Jews were being killed off in Europe, and my father, being Jewish, and Jack, being Jewish, were enraged that America was not over there with our military strength. They created Captain America to go after Hitler because our country wouldn’t go after Hitler.”
That doesn’t sound like a character who believed that diplomacy is the best way to ensure world peace, does it? Sounds more like President Trump’s avowed opinion, as specified in his budget proposal, which Trump claimed sent “a message to our allies and our potential adversaries that this is a strong-power administration.” In other words, that a strong military is the best way for us to help create a stable, peaceful world.
That’s what Captain America would say. Too bad the actor playing him is so desperate to pander to his fellow liberal celebrities that he can’t see this.