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Vince Vaughn shakes hands with Donald Trump at football game. Cue the outrage

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a group of people looking at each other: A screenshot showing actor Vince Vaughn and U.S. President Donald Trump shaking hands at a football championship game. © Timothy Burke/Twitter A screenshot showing actor Vince Vaughn and U.S. President Donald Trump shaking hands at a football championship game.

Last night, a Louisiana university football team pulled off an incredible win over its competitor to snatch a college championship, but most people — most non-sports people — only care about Vince Vaughn and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Journalist Timothy Burke caught the two chumming it up in a 30-second video that’s been viewed more than 3.7 million times on Twitter.

The Wedding Crashers actor and the president are seen engrossed in conversation, nodding and laughing while First Lady Melania Trump sits wedged between them in a skybox. Halfway into the video, Trump reaches out and shakes Vaughn’s hand, the actor gets up and waves goodbye to the couple, and departs.

Burke captioned the video, “I’m very sorry to have to share this video with you. All of it, every part of it.”

Reaction online was swift, with many   right-wingers   decrying   “lefties”   for supposedly   cancelling   Vaughn , a term meaning to boycott a person if they’ve done something outrageously disagreeable.  However, it’s been smaller left-wing accounts that seemed to take issue with the handshake.

There has been no widespread call to boycott the actor’s movies, with some pointing out that he’s been a known Republican, supporting the conservative candidates in the last three elections, and even calls himself a libertarian.

This is not the first time a Hollywood celebrity has faced backlash for cozying up with a Republican president. Daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres was spotted sitting beside former president George W. Bush at an NFL game in early October last year.

She faced criticism online for seemingly joking and getting along with Bush, who started the Iraq war and endorsed an amendment to the constitution that was against same-sex marriage.

She addressed the issue on her show the following Monday. “Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them,” she said . “When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter.”

However, people still criticized her afterwards, saying she’s able to benefit from her class and stature.


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