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Matt Damon Explains Why He's Endorsing Hillary Clinton for President

Matt Damon Explains Why He's Endorsing Hillary Clinton for President

Matt Damon opens up about his charity work with Water.org in Town & Country’s June/July 2016 Philanthropy issue, hitting newsstands May 17.

Here’s what the 45-year-old actor had to share:

On the impact of being a celebrity and the influence that comes with it: “I became famous. It’s surreal to suddenly wake up to one day and have a larger sphere of influence than you ever anticipated. You genuinely want to do good in the world, but you’re going to make a lot of missteps. People started asking me to come to this gala or that. And then I would find my name associated with things that I didn’t know anything about. I didn’t want to be somebody at whom people rolled their eyes, thinking, ‘What is he doing, getting into the middle of this kind of stuff?’ And that’s why, once my life stabilized a little—my career was going pretty well, my wife was pregnant—I decided to get very serious about one thing.”

On lack of access to uncontaminated water in areas where water is ubiquitous: “We don’t know anyone who goes thirsty. We have faucets everywhere. Our toilet water is cleaner than what 663 million people drink. The crisis in Flint, Michigan, ironically, is one of the first times, at least in my memory, that Americans have become aware of just how necessary clean water is, and the dire consequences of not having it.”

On his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President—because of water: “She understands it from a number of different angles—as a national security issue, as a human rights issue, and, obviously, its impact on women and girls. This is not a partisan issue, which is one really good thing about it. We’ve talked in equal parts to Republican and Democratic senators and congressmen.”

For more from Matt, visit TownandCountryMag.com.

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  • pokenhorn

    He would put his children in the care of Hillary ???

  • Michael

    So she has been fired from the Watergate commision, Senate, and Secretary of state for ethics violations, she is a wonton criminal responsible for a large number of deaths but at least she knows about the importance of drinking water? I thought this guy was smart.

  • Stein Ankerssletta

    Matt Damon wants more Islamterrorists to work with by backing Clinton ?

  • EcoCraig

    With the DNC/RNC (DemGOP) fear-mongering and ignoring what true democracy is about…. the Fear Trump Install Clinton regime ticket is against clean water for everyone (AS they drop their fascist bombs and not well regulated fracking promotion as Hillary did as Sec of State with public office funding promo of ill such….. plus dropping bombs on people doesn’t easily give them good water…. Hondurans to North Africa to Mid East to Syria….. Iraq, etc, etc).
    Vote Jill Stein!

  • EcoCraig

    With the DNC/RNC (DemGOP) fear-mongering and ignoring what true democracy is about…. the Fear Trump Install Clinton regime ticket is against clean water for everyone (AS they drop their fascist bombs and not well regulated fracking promotion as Hillary did as Sec of State with public office funding promo of ill such….. plus dropping bombs on people doesn’t easily give them good water…. Hondurans to North Africa to Mid East to Syria….. Iraq, etc, etc).
    Vote Jill Stein!

  • EcoCraig

    With the DNC/RNC (DemGOP) fear-mongering and ignoring what true democracy is about…. the Fear Trump Install Clinton regime ticket is against clean water for everyone (AS they drop their fascist bombs and not well regulated fracking promotion as Hillary did as Sec of State with public office funding promo of ill such….. plus dropping bombs on people doesn’t easily give them good water…. Hondurans to North Africa to Mid East to Syria….. Iraq, etc, etc).
    Vote Jill Stein!

  • EcoCraig

    pretty dumb, though other than the Clinton end-orsement, pretty good first part of article (Didn’t read the rest as Clinton or trump endorsement is self destruction / destruction of everyone – so rest of it doesn’t matter)

  • EcoCraig

    (in the care of fake hollywood crap….. not many celebs are decent, largely bought out by same groups that the Clintons buddy system buys out or tries to kill)

  • EcoCraig

    (Even Sanders, bernie… got scared out or bought out….. his new hollywood type political group is not open about who donates to it….. Bernie Sold out, and now gary Johnson is acting ultra stupid candidate)
    Welcome to the SS (nazi police) or Vote and make sure Stein gets into office

  • Jim 7119

    Let me tell you something there Matt, when you use your “influence” for political means you are rolling the dice with your career; but of course, as you had stated, “once my life stabilized a little” it’s acceptable to commit professional suicide because you’ve made enough money, right? Being famous really wears away at the neurons doesn’t it – this “misstep” may very well be your last and cost you your career. Too bad, I used to love your work – you should have stuck to acting.

  • Jim 7119

    Let me tell you something there Matt, when you use your “influence” for political means you are rolling the dice with your career; but of course, as you had stated, “once my life stabilized a little” it’s acceptable to commit professional suicide because you’ve made enough money, right? Being famous really wears away at the neurons doesn’t it – this “misstep” may very well be your last and cost you your career. Too bad, I used to love your work – you should have stuck to acting.

  • 19battlehill

    The fact that Matt Damon could support someone like Hillary Clinton who is a war mongering establishment cheating liar, just shows how far he is willing to go for his career. Being against Hillary doesn’t mean you are for Trump btw – they both suck and it is clear that this two party system oligarchy has to change in this country. Matt Damon you suck!!!!! Won’t watch another one of your movies (Martian was a yawn can’t believe you were nominated for it).

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