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Rob Reiner Remembers Norman Lear: We’ve Misplaced ‘a Actual Champion of America’

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Lear would stir the pot. “He would ask us to look into ourselves and what did we expect, what had been our emotions about this. And we poured it into the present. So it made the present higher. And he did that with all the things he did. Fearless.”

“That is the man who — he flew 57 missions, bombing missions over Nazi Germany through the Second World Battle. And so he was scared sufficient within the sky,” Reiner mentioned, including that Lear was significantly disgusted by former President Donald Trump’s model of politics. (“I don’t take the specter of authoritarianism flippantly,” Lear wrote in The New York Instances simply final 12 months.)

Reiner mirrored on comparisons between Trump and Archie Bunker. Steve Bannon, Trump’s former adviser who stays an influential determine in right-wing circles, has playfully in contrast Bunker to Trump, at one level saying, “Dude, he’s Archie Bunker.”

“I mentioned, no, no, it’s not like Archie Bunker. Archie Bunker, he had conservative views and he actually was racist and all these issues, however he had a good coronary heart,” Reiner mentioned. “You can argue with him. You can struggle with him and stuff. You may’t try this now, and that’s the distinction with him and Trump.”

But it surely was Lear’s convictions and his want to demystify powerful matters that Reiner hopes will endure within the recollections of People. “I’m going to overlook him for one million causes. He confirmed me the way in which, which is, you may take your fame and superstar and you are able to do one thing with it, do one thing constructive with it. And I realized from him.”

“He at all times has hope. That’s what’s so nice about him. He was a realist, however he additionally had hope that we’d discover the best path, and I nonetheless hope that we are able to,” Reiner went on. “He was a person who actually cared about this nation and needed it to succeed and be a extra excellent union and all that. After which we’re shedding a man, an actual champion of America.”